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He lived on the farm until 1885, when he removed
to Nashua and resided there until his death, June
21, 1906, aged seventy-one. He kept the farm and
managed it imtil 1903. He was a member of that
class of New England farmers who have elevated
agriculture to the dignity of a science. His inter-
est in this industr}' was a more than ordinary
depth, and his efforts for the improvement of stock
resulted in much gain not only for himself but to
farmers all over New England. He was a mem-
ber of all the leading agricultural societies of his
vicinity and of the state. He became interested in
the grange during the early years of the organiza-
tion in this state, and was a charter member of Joe
English Grange of New Boston, and served for
years as its master. For four years he was master of
the state grange, and at the time of his death was
the oldest living past master of that institution. To
his work the present standing of the order in this
state is due to a considerable extent. He filled the
office of president of the Hillsborough Agricultural
Society, and president of the Piscataqua Valley Fair
Association. For over twenty years he was trustee
of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and
Mechanic Arts at Hanover and Durham, and served
as president of the board for over seven years, be-
ing forced to resign owing to ill health in 1904. He
was the first Republican moderator in the town of
New Boston, in which town he maintained his legal
residence and voted itp to the time of his death.


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Few men were better known than he throughout
the eounty and state. He was county commissioner
of Hillsborough county six years, was representative
from New Boston in 1883-95, ^i"^l state senator in
1891-93. He was instrumental in securing the char-
ter of the New Boston railroad, and was its tirst
president, serving until his death. He was a man
of upright character, honest in all his dealings,
prompt to keep his word, kind and sympathetic by
nature, a member of the best class of manhood this
or any other state may produce. His interest in
public afifairs was such that he was many times
placed by his fellow citizens in positions of trust
and honor, and always sustained with credit the
duties they entailed, hiwever great their magnitude.
George A. Wason married, September 17, 1863,
Clara Louisa Hills, born in New Boston, October
15, 1843, daughter of Sidney and Louisa (.Trull)
Hills. Three children were born to them : Edward
Hills, see forward; George B. and Robert S., of

(V) Edward Hills, eldest son of George A. and
Clara Louisa (Hills) Wason, was born in New
Boston, September 2. 1865. He acquired his educa-
tion in the public schools, at Francestown Academy,
and at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture
and jMechanic Arts, from which he was graduated
with the degree of Bachelor of Science in the class
of 1886. He subsequently read law in the office of
George B. French, of Nashua, and while reading
his course taught as principal several terms in the
IMain street evening school. He attended lectures
at the Boston University School of Law, from
which he graduated in the class of 1S90, with the
degree of Bachelor of Laws. In March of the
same year he was admitted to the New Hampshire
bar, and at once opened an office in Nashua and
began a successful practice. Later he became asso-
ciated professionally with George F. Jackman under
the firm name of Wason & Jackman.

Mr. Wason has shown a decided aptitude for
politics ever since he attained his majority, and
has already filled various, offices in the city of
Nashua and in the state. In 1887 he was elected
sergeant at arms of the New Hampshire senate,
and in 1889 was re-elected to the same position. In
1891 he was chosen assistant clerk of the senate
and returned to the same position in 1893. Two
years later he w^as elected clerk of the same bod}',
a high testimonial of his fidelity and ability as a
public officer. In 1891 he was elected a member
of the Nashua board of education, and in January.
1895, ii'' recognition of his services, his associates
elected him president of that body. In 1894 he was
elected city solicitor, and re-elected the following
year ; in 1897 he was elected to the common coun-
cil, and served as president of that body two years ;
in 1898 was member of the legislature ; in 1902
member of constitutional convention ; in September,
1902, was elected county solicitor, and in 1904 was
re-nominated and re-elected. In 1906 he was
elected president of the Citizens' Institution for
Savings, and trustee of the New Hampshire College
of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. He is an ad-
mirer of horses, and for some ^-ears has been treas-
urer of the Nashua Driving Park Association. Mr.
Wason is a leading citizen and business man of
Nashua, and has made an enviable record in the
discharge of the duties of the various positions he
has filled. • He is a member of Rising Sun Lodge,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he
is a past master; Meridian Sun Royal Chapter;
Israel Hunt Council; Saint George Commandery;
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Knights Templar; Edward A. Raymond Consis-
tory; Aleppo Temple of Boston; Nashua Lodge;
Knights of Pythias ; Nashua Lodge, Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks, of which he was elected
exalted ruler in 1903.

(V) George Butler, son of George A. and Clara
L. Wason, was born in New Boston, April 20, 1869.
After gracliiating from the Nashua high school, he
went to Boston, 1889, and entered the employ of
the firm of Wason & Company, of which his uncle^
Robert B. Wason, is a senior member. After serv-
ing five years as a clerk, he became a member of
the company in 1894. He is vice president of the
Boston Wholesale Grocers' Association, a director
of the new England Wholesale Grocers' Association,
from 1903 to 1906 was a director of the Boston
Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Liberty
Trust Companj', of Boston, and member of Mount
Olivet Lodge of Free Masons. In politics he af-
filiates with the Republicans. He married, April 20,
1S95, Lillian Maude Fletcher, born in 1869, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Bertha Fletcher, of South
Orange, New Jersey. Their children are; George
Fletcher and Richard Austin.

(V) Robert S., son of George A. and Clara L.
Wason, was born in New Boston, December 10,
1871. He attended the Nashua high school. Berk-
ley School of Boston, and Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, graduating from the latter institu-
tion June 9, 1906. He began his business career
as clerk in the firm of Wason & Company, and
continued in that capacity until admitted to mem-
bership in 1S98, the firm then consisting of Robert
Boyd Wason, his uncle, George Butler Wason, his
brother, and himself. Mr. Wason is a Republican
in politics, member of various college fraternities,
and was president of National convention of Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Fraternity held at Washington, D.
C, 1895. He married, January 28. 1903, Estelle
Sperling, daughter of Ellis Joseph, of New York

This family is descended from an-
DURRELL cestors who were pioneers in the
settlement of New Hampshire.

(I) Colonel Nicholas Durrell was born in Gil-
manton, in iSoo, and died there in 1841. He mar-
ried Sophronia Pulsipher. Their children were :
Mary Ann, who married John G. Sawyer; Exalia,
who married Abram Tilton; Caroline; Emeline,
who married Hiram Allen; John S., who married
^lary A. Kelley, and Aaron.

(II) John S., fifth child and the elder of two sons
of Colonel Nicholas and Sophronia (Pulsipher)
Durrell, was born in Gilmanton, and died in 1S59.
He married Mary A. Kelley. They were the par-
ents of six children ; Edwin N.. born October 14,
1841, died, 1901, married Julia Snell; Ellen, born,
1844, is not married: George A., married Addie
Woodman, and they have two children — Carl and
Harry ; Emma E., married Charles H. Classen ;
John F., married Emma Phillips, and they have four
children — Stella H., Josephine, Pauline and Leslie ;
Amelia, married Fred S. Phillips, and has two
sons — Leon and Burton D. ; Edwin N., married
Julia Snell ; two children were born to them —
Mamie Josephine and Virgil T., both of whom died

This family of which two generations

CLOW have been born in America, is descended

from an ancestor who resided in a

county of England from which many early New



England settlers came when religious troubles
forced them to the colonies. As in the case of their
predecessors, their industry has brought its re-

(I) William Ciow was the son of Cady Clow, a
hosiery maker in Leicestershire, England, and born
in the same county in 1834, and died in Lakeport,
New Hampshire, in 1900. At the age of eighteen
he left England and came to America, landing at
New York. From there he went to Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, where he was employed in the
manufacture of hosiery for eighteen years. The
following twenty-three years he -was in the same
business in Manchester, whence he went to Lake-
port, where the last twenty-five years of his life
were passed. He was an Episcopalian, and a Re-
publican. He married Harriet Cartledge, who was
born in Derbyshire, England, in 1835. They were
the parents of seven children: Thomas, Sarah,
Emma, Harry, Maria, Frank and Alice.

(H) Frank William, sixth child and third son
of William and Harriet (Cartledge) Clow, was
born in Portsmouth, December 4, 1866. He was
educated in the common schools, attending the high
school in Manchester. He worked with his father
in the hosiery factory, and in time was promoted.
In 1892 he became a retail dealer in coal, wood
and ice in Lakeport, in which business he has since
been successfully engaged. He is a Republican in
politics, and of liberal views in religion. He is a
past grand of Chocorua Lodge, No. 57, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of Lakeport. He married
Rose Girard, who was born in Quebec, Canada,
December 8, 1S70. They have six children: Har-
riet, born May 31, 1891 ; William Frank, January
24. 1893; Daisy Rose, February 21, 1896; Guy Le-
land, February 22, 1899; Blanche Ellen, March 15,
1901 ; and James Girard, October 22, 1904.

The name O'Gallchobhair, an-
GALLAGHER glicized Galchor and Gallagher,

is from the Irish "gall," signify-
ing a foreigner ; and "chobhair," help. O'Gallcho-
bhair, son of Gallchobhair, nourished in the year 950
A. D., and was the descendant of Anmire (Latin-
ized Anmireus) who was the 138th monarch of Ire-
land, and brother of Fergus, who is No. 91, of the
O'Donnell pedigree.

(I) Manasseh Gallagher was born in the North
of Ireland about 1800, and in 1830 came to Amer-
ica and settled in Stanstead, Province of Quebec,
Canada, and later resided at Linden and Derbyshire,
Vermont. lie married Mary Sweeney and they
were the parents of ten children, four of whom are
now living. Margaret married James L. Mead, of
Linden, Vermont; Sarah, married John Donald, of
Northfield, Vermont; Daniel, resides in Boise.
Idaho ; Stephen F. is mentioned below.

(II) Stephen Frank, son of Manasseh and
Mary (Sweeney) Gallagher, was born in Derbyline,
Vermont, November 27, 1864. He _ was educated in
the common schools. He engaged in the hotel busi-
ness at Linden, and afterward went to Derbyline,
where he continued the business some years longer.
He afterward carried on a boot and shoe store and
a grocery store, and was express agent at White
River Junction. There he learned telegraphy, and
in 1883 went to Fabyans, where he was telegraph
operator. Later he performed similar service at
Groveton and Laconia. In 1893 he returned to
Fabyans, where he has since been station master
and ticket agent for the Boston & Maine and Maine
Central railroads. In politics he is a Democrat. In
1900 he was elected town clerk and town treasurer

of Carroll, and re-elected in 1902. He was alsa
elected representative in 1902, his majority being a
single vote. He is a member of North Star Lodge,
No. 8, Free and Accepted Masons, of North Star
Royal Arch Chapter, of Lancaster; and St. Gerard
Commandery, Knights Templar, of Littleton. He
is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. He married Helen Splaine. They had
one child, a daughter, wdio died young.

The family of Pulver removed from
PULVER Holland to Nieuw Nederlandt, now

New York state, and settled on the east
bank of the Hudson river, in what is now Columbia
county, as early as 1636, at which time and later
the Dutch government was making grants of land
in consideration of certain improvements and the
settlement of a certain number of families in a
given time, to certain persons of means called Pa-

(I) Nathan Pulver, son of Henry and Mary
Pulver, was born in Luzerne county, New York,
in 1S44. He w'as a man of means and had a mer-
cantile establishment at Luzerne, and also dealt ex-
tensively in lumber. He held various town offices
and was a member of the legislature. He married,
February 22, 1S69. at Luzerne, Estella Dubois, who
was born in Hadley, New York, 185 1, daughter
of Cornelius Dubois. Seven children were born
of this union.

(II) Willis, eldest son of Nathan and Estella
(Dubois) Pulver, was born at Luzerne, New
York, June 24, 1871, and attended the public
schools and Glens Falls Academy until 1S94, when
he entered the University of INIaryland, from which
he was graduated in 1898. He then took a special
course at Yale University. He began the study
of law in 1895, and was admitted to practice in
1897. The following four years he practiced in
}vlichigan. In 1904 he removed to Nashua, New
Hampshire, and was engaged in the practice of law
with gratifying success until March, 1906, when he
located in Salem, New Hampshire, and opened a
law office at Salem Depot, where he is now in bus-
iness. He is secretary of the Board of Trade, pres-
ident of and general manager of the Salem Light,
Heat & Power Company, and tax collector.

Mr. Pulver is descended from a line of worthy
ancestors from whom he inherits sturdy qualities
which made them men among men. His energy
and companionable qualities have made him suc-
cessful in business. He is a member of Lodge No.
456, Ancient Free and Accepted ^Masons, of Glens
Falls, New York; Royal Arch Chapter No. 56, of
the same place; Gebal Council, Royal and Select
Masters. of_Urichville, Ohio, and Washington Com-
mandery, Knights Templar, of Saratoga Springs,
New York. He is a charter member of Bektash
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic
Shrine, of Concord. He married, June 6, 1902, at
Massilon, Ohio. Jennie Remington, who was born
at Fenton. ^Michigan. 1S78, daughter of James P.
and Elizabeth Remington, of Fenton, Michigan.
She died May 4, 1905.

Since the landing of the early an-

HARVEY cestors of the families of this name

in America, the Harveys have been

regarded as a race who attended to their affairs

with fidelity, made the best of their opportunities,

and never lamented what could not be bettered.

(I) Warren Harvey, son of Gilman and

(Perry) Harvey, was born in Manchester in 1837,
and died there in 1904. He was educated in the



public schools and soon after quitting them ob-
tained a position in a bank in Manchester. After-
ward he engaged in teaching, at which he proved
successful. He was made superintendent of streets,
and held that office and carried on teaching for a
number of years. He engaged in the business of
contracting and building granite work, and while
in that emplo3'ment, which he carried on until 1894,
he put in the foundations and other stone work of
a large number of the principal buildings in the
city of Manchester. He was a Republican in poli-
tics, and was a representative in the New Hamp-
shire legislature. He was a member of the Im-
proved Order of Red Men, the Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, and a thirty-second de-
gree Mason, having membership in the following
divisions of that body : Washington Lodge ; Horeb
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 11; Adoniram Council
Nq. 3, Royal and Select Masters ; Trinity Com-
mandery. Knights Templar, and Edward A. Ray-
mond Consistory. He married (first), Josephine
Dustin, who was born, 1843. in Manchester, and
died 1881. (Second), to Mary Chevill, who was
born in Runney, New Hampshire. The children
of this union are : Harry W., who is mentioned
below; Anna, born November 30, 1873; Florence,
born April 18, 1876, who married George Currier,
and Burnham. born May 4, 1887.

(H) Harry Weston, eldest child of Warren and
Mary (Chevill) Harvey, was born in Manchester,
July" 18, 1870. After passing through the schools
of "Manchester he spent five years as the local rep-
resentative of several insurance companies. The
two following years he was engaged in the retail
shoe trade, and then joined his father in the gran-
ite, contracting business. Since the retirement of
his father he has carried on the industry alone.
Mr. Harvey is an energetic and successful business
man. In politics he is a Republican. His tenden-
cies have a social turn, and he is a member of the
following societies and orders : The Amoskeag
Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks, the Improved Order of Red Men, and
the Patrons of Husbandry. He married, October
14, 1891, in Manchester, Emma Tozier. who died
in 1900. .

The now numerous
McKEEN or McKEAN family of this name

which is descended
from Scotch-Irish ancestors who were pioneers in
l^ew Hampshire and Pennsylvania, has had many
representatives who distinguished themselves in
war and in peace. Patriotism and executive ability
have been and still are marked traits of the Mc-

(I) James McKeen. as the name is written in
the old records, undoubtedly a descendant of
Scotch immigrants who settled in the north of Ire-
land about 1612. was probably born in Ireland, and
resided at Ballymoney in the county of Antrim.
He was devotedly attached to his people, a zealous
Protestant, and one of thai band who made the
defence of Londonderry one of the most remarkable
events in the history of the British Isles. He had
three sons: James, John, and William. James
was one of the grantees and a leading man in the
settlement of Londonderry. New Hampshire ; John
is the subject of the next paragraph; William set-
tled in Pennsylvania and was the progenitor of a
large family. Among his grandsons was Thomas
McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independ-
«ence, and for nine years governor of Pennsylvania.

(II) John, the second son of James McKeen,

was born in Ireland, and prepared to come to
America with his elder brother James, but died a
short time previous to the embarkation. His widow
Janet, with her three sons, James, Robert, and
Samuel, and her infant daughter Mary, accompanied
James and his family to America in 1718, and set-
tled in Londonderry, where she had a lot assigned
to her She afterward married Captain John Bar-
nett, who was one of the early settlers of the town.

(III) Samuel, third son and child of John and
Janet McKeen, was born in Ireland and came to
America with his widowed mother when but a lad.
After marriage he settled in Amherst. By his
wife Agnes he had a family of ten children, six
sons: Hugh, John, Robert, James, Samuel, Wil-
liam; and four daughters: Mary, Martha, Agnes,
and Jane. Several of his sons were in the prime
of life for military service in the time of the old
French war, and took an active part in it. Hugh
was killed by the Indians in that war. John was
taken at the capture of Fort William Henry, his
flesh stuck full of pitch-pine skewers, and he was
burned at the stake. Robert was a "captain of re-
now^n." settled at Cherry Valley, New York, and
was killed by the Indians in the battle of Wyoming,
Pennsylvania. He was the grandfather of United
States Senator Samuel McKeen, of Pennsylvania.
James settled in Amherst; Samuel lived in New
Hampshire, and afterward moved to Maine, and
finally died with his sons in Acworth ; William is
the subject of the next paragraph.

(IV) William, sixth son of Samuel and Agnes
McKean, was one of the first settlers in Deering.
In 1776 he was the fifth subscriber to the Associa-
tion Test in Deering, a sufficient proof of his loy-
alty to the American cause. The name of Robert
McKeen appears on the roll of officers of Deering;
first in 1782 as selectman, and often afterwards;
also as representative. He married Ann Graham
(or Grimes), a sister of Francis Grimes, one of
the earlier settlers of Deering. They had six sons
and five daughters: John, David, Robert, William,
Moses, Samuel, Rose, Mary, Betsey, Jane, and Ag-

(V) Robert, third son of William and Ann
(Graham) McKean, was born in Deering, where he
resided, and was engaged in agriculture. He mar-
ried Sally Barnes, of Deering. They were the par-
ents of three children: Leonard, Elbridge, and'

(VI) Leonard, eldest child of W^illiam and Sally
(Barnes) ■McKean, was born in Deering, and died
in Manchester, aged sixty-nine years. He was for
many years a merchant in Deering. He removed
to Manchester, where he spent the remainder of his
life. In politics he was a Democrat and held town
offices. In 1852 he was town clerk; selectman in
1853. 1855 and 1856. and representative in 1855 and
1856. He married Angeline Dickey.

(VII) Robert Edgar, son of Leonard and An-
geline Dickey, was born in Deering. December 16,
1862, and was educated in the public schools and
at Bryant & Stratton's Business College in Man-
chester. In March, 1875, he started in business in
Manchester as a clothier ■ and merchant tailor.
From 1882 to 1888 he was junior partner in the
firm of Williams & McKean, but subsequently
bought his partner's interest, and since then has
been sole proprietor of the business. Williams &
McKean were the first tenants in the Opera House
Block. In 1891 Mr. McKean moved to Elm Street,
where he has since been located. In the thirty-two
years he has been in business he has "never had a
fire nor a failure." He is a Democrat in politics,



and has for many years taken an active part in the
affairs of his party. He has served as moderator
of Ward Eight, and in 1899 and 1907 was represen-
tative in the legishilurc. He is a memhcr of Wash-
ington Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. Me-
chanics Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, and the Derryfield Club. He married, July
4 1883, Ada Colby, who was born in Deering, Feb-
ruary 24, 1859, daughter of Eben M. and Ella
(Gove) Colbv, of Deering. They have four sons:
Arthur G., George R., and Clarence T. (twins), and
Robert L.

Descended from sturdy Irish an-
MALONEY cestry. the efficient superintendent

of the Manchester Street Railway
has developed unusual executive ability during the
past five years, and as he is yet on the right side
of forty, It may be safely conjectured that he will
achieve a still higher rejDutation in his chosen field
of usefulness.

D. J. Maloney, an industrious Irish farmer,
left Ireland at the age of about thirty
years, in 1.855, to seek his fortune in the United
States, which was then as now the Mecca of all
his liberty-loving countrymen. After residing in
Exeter, New Ilanipshiix, a short time he went to
Rutland, Massachusetts, and engaged in farming.
He subsequently removed to Worcester and is still
residing in that city. He married Catherine Laula,
whose birth took place in the same locality as that
of her husband.

William Edward, son of D. J. and Catherine
(Laula) Maloney, was born in Rutland. July 17,
1872. During his early childhood his parents went
to reside in Worcester, and he was educated in the
public schools of that city. After the completion
of his studies he entered the employ of the Holyoke
Machine Company, but two years later returned
to Worcester and accepted a clerkship in the office
of the Worcester Street Railway Company. He
was shortly afterwards advanced. to the responsible
position of cashier, and still later was placed in
charge of the transportation department of the Con-
solidated Company, serving in that capacity with
ability for a number of years. In 1901 he was
called to the supcrintcndency of the Manchester
Street Railway, which he accepted, and commencing
his duties in November of that year he immediately
set in motion a series of practical ideas, based upon
bis personal experience, which proved exceedingly
beneficial to the road. The line, which comprises
thirty-seven and one-half miles of track running
directly through the business section of the city,

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