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important part in this valuable work. He gained
his title from his school-teaching. He had learned
the shoemaker's trade, but for twenty-one years in
succession kept the school in the present Sanborn
district in Sanbornton. Beside his draughting, he
has left behind him another prized memorial in the
shape of a diary, which he kept for nearly forty
years. He began his "Memorandum of Daily Oc-
curences" when he went to keeping house, No-
vember 13, 1788, and continued it till within four
days of his death, which occurred September i,
1829, at the age of sixty-seven. Joshua Lane mar-
ried at Kensington, July 9, 1788, Huldah Hilliard,
who was born July 5, 1768, and died of palsy, April
I, 1850, in her eighty-second year. They had five
children: John, born April 2, 1789; Julia, who
married Levi Lang; Joseph Hilliard; Joshua, Jr.,
who died at the age of seven years ; and Charles,
mentioned below in this article, with descendants.

(VI) Joseph Hilliard, second son and third
child of Joshua and Huldah (Hilliard) Lane, was
born August 10, 1793. It is not certainly known
whether his birthplace was Kensington or Rochester,



New Hampshire, as his parents iived in both towns.
They moved to Sanbornton, which became their
permanent home, 1798. He was at first a farmer and
teamster, but after his second marriage he kept the
hotel at Sanbornton Square. It was here that his
early death occurred at the age of fifty. Mr. Lane
was twice married. On June 12, 1814, he married
his first cousin, Polly or Mary Lane, daughter of
David and Judith (Philbrick) Lane, of Sanborn-
ton. They had six daughters : Catherine, Judith
A., Mary, Pauline Moulton, Huldah, Hannah Per-
kins. Mrs. Polly (Lane) Lane died June 6, 1830,
of consumption. On June 6, 1832, Joseph Lane
married (second) Caroline Chase Kimball, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Rachel (Chase) Kimball, who
was born in Sanbornton, January 13, 1804. After
her husband's death she moved back to the farm,
where she delighted to entertain her grandchildren
during the summer. She had a happy, cheerful
disposition, and was a woman of great activity and
industry. She lived to the advanced age of ninety,
and did much good during her long life, leaving
pleasant memories to be cherished by her descend-
ants. Joseph H. and Caroline Chase (Kimball)
Lane had three sons: Joseph H. (2), whose sketch
follows ; Andrew Louis and Joshua.

(VII) Joseph Hilliard (2), eldest son and
child of Joseph Hilliard (i) Lane and his second
wife, Caroline C. (Kimball) Lane, was born in
Sanbornton, New Hampshire, August 11, 1835.
When a boy he went to live with his mother's sister,
Mrs. Louisa H. Hardy, at Groveland, Massachu-
setts, and he was educated at the Groveland
Academy. In 1851 he came to Concord, New Hamp-
shire, and went to work for the Abbott-Downing
Company, at that time the most noted firm of car-
riage builders in the country. He learned his trade
of wheelwright there, and stayed with them for a
period of thirty-two years with the exception of the
interval between 1866 and 1869 when he had an
establishment of his own in Roxbury, Massachu-
setts. While with the Abbott-Downing Company
Mr. Lane helped to build the famous Deadwood
coach, which after years of active service on the
plains became familiar to the public through
Buffalo Bill's exhibitions. In 1883 Mr. Lane went
into the undertaking business with Hamilton A.
Kendall, under the firm name of Kendall & Lane.
He continued in this until his death, which oc-
curred instantly from heart disease on March 30,
1895. ^ir. Lane was a member of the First Bap-
tist Church. He was a Republican in politics, and
was often asked to represent his ward in official
life. He was councilman for two terms, first in
1879 and second in 1881-S2. He served as alder-
man two terms, 1883-84 and 1885-86. In 18S9 he
represented ward six in the legislature. He was a
member of White Mountain Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows ; Blazing Star Lodge, Ancient
Free and Accepted IMasons. In the days of the old
Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Lane belonged to
the Merrimack, Number Three, Hand Engine Com-
pan}', and at the time of his death he was foreman
of the Hook and Ladder Company. Mr. Lane was
a man of upright character, and was held in high
esteem by all who knew him. He was happy in
his home and was a devoted husband and father.
On November 23, 1854, Joseph H. Lane (2) mar-
ried Ann Allison, daughter of James and Catherine
Allison of Windsor, Nova Scotia. Mrs. Lane is
a member of the First Baptist Church, and has
been a resident of Concord for more than half
a centurj'. A woman devoted to her home and
familj', her activities have been largely within the
domestic circle, but her benevolence has been wide-

spread and she has blessed all who have come
within the circle of her influence. Joseph H. (2)
and Ann (Allison) Lane had three children: Caro-
line J., Edward H., and Louis A., the subject of
the succeeding paragraph. Caroline Josephine, the
eldest child and only daughter, was born Novem-
ber 8, 1855. She was graduated from the Concord
high school in 1878, and on August 20, 1878, was
married to William Wallace Elkin, of Concord.
Mr. Elkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and
was the son of Henry and Jane (Burgum) Elkin,
of Birmingham, England. Mr. Henry Elkin be-
came a sugar planter in Cuba and was the first
manufacturer to introduce machinery for grinding
cane ; this work had previously been done by ox
power. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Elkin have one
son, Henry Shadrach. JMrs. Elkin is a woman of
refined and cultivated tastes with an ardent love
of nature. Active in church and club work, diligent
in domestic duties, she has always found time for
study and out-door life. Possessed of great social
charm and a sunny disposition, she is beloved by
all who know her. Edward Hamlin, eldest son
and second child, was born June 2, i860. He is
a silversmith at the Durgin factory in Concord.
He married Minnie J. Burgum, of Concord, a
niece of j\Irs. Jane (Burgum) Elkin.

(VIII) Louis Andrew, second son and yolmg-
est child of Joseph Hilliard (2) and Ann (Allison)
Lane, was born at Concord, New Hampshire, Au-
gust 23, 1862. He was graduated from the Con-
cord high school in 1882. He was first employed
at the National State Capital Bank in Concord,
but at the end of the year he left this position
to become private secretary to Charlamagne Tower,
of Philadelphia. Mr. Tower developed the great
iron mines about Lake Superior and built the
Duluth and Iron Range railroad. His son and
namesake is now minister to Austria. Mr. Lane
remained with the elder Mr. Tower three years
or until the death of the latter. This position was
a liberal education in itself, and Mr. Lane has al-
ways greatly prized the opportunities that it afforded.
After Mr. Tower's death, Mr. Lane returned to
Concord, and entered the employ of Norris &
Crockett, afterwards J. C. Norris & Company, as
bookkeeper, holding this position for twelve years.
After a brief rest he contemplated studying medi-
cine with his cousin. Dr. Henry E. Allison, the
noted alienist, at that time superintendent of the
Asylum at Fishkill-on-the-Hudson. His health be-
ing hardly equal to the demands of such a career,
Mr. Lane decided to adopt his father's profession,
and in 1897 was graduated from the United States
College of Embalming in New York City. He
began business at Concord in December of that
year. He has been especially successful in his
chosen practice, and his establishment is one
of the largest north of Boston. In 1901 he
was graduated from the Massachusetts Col-
lege of Embalmers. In 1899 he founded the
Licensed Embalmers' Association of New Hamp-
shire, and was its secretary for several years, but
was obliged to give up this position on account of
the demands of his own business. Mr. Lane is a
man of fine sensibilities and sympathetic nature,
which render him peculiarly adapted to his chosen
work. He attends the First Baptist Church of
Concord. He is a Republican in politics, but never
has had time to hold office. He belongs to many
fraternal organizations. He is a member of White
Mountain Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, in all its branches. He belongs to Horace
Chase Council, Royal Arch Chapter, Blazing Star
Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He



belongs to the Concord Lodge, Knights of Pythias,
also the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He has
been past chancellor and district deputy of the
Concord Lodge. He is a member of Capital City
Grange and of Aroosagunticook Tribe, Improved
Order of Red Men.

On December 27, 1897, Louis A. Lane married
at Alexandria, New Hampshire, Harriet Laycock,
daughter of John and Martha (Berry) Laycock,
formerly of Bradford, England. Mrs. Lane was
born in Bradford, December 27, 1875, and came as
a child with her parents to Canada. They afterwards
moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts. She then went
to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where her brother Arthur
had an orange plantation, and in 1896 was graduated
from the Tuscaloosa Female College. She comes
of a family gifted in music and elocution, and at
the time of her marriage was preparing to enter
the Boston School of Oratory. Her brother, Pro-
fessor Craven Laycock, is the present professor of
Oratory at Dartmouth College. Mrs. Lane joined
the Methodist Church at Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Her father was a local preacher of that denomina-
tion in England. Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Lane
have two children: Joseph Hilliard (3), born Sep-
tember 2S, 1898, and Martha Allison, born Febru-
ary II, 1904, both at Concord.

(VI) Charles, fourth son and youngest child
of Joshua and Huldah (Hilliard) Lane, was born
February 11, 1799, at Sanbornton, New Hampshire.
He served his time in a store ' at Concord, New
Hampshire, and later established himself in busi-
ness at Sanbornton Square. He early engaged in
the newspaper and book publishing business, editing
the paper which he issued. In 1837 he published an
elegant Family Bible, which would have done credit
to a city establishment. He was an acknowledged
leader in the affairs of the town, and did much for
the prosperity of the Square. His newspaper was
the tirst ever issued in Sanbornton. In 1841 he
removed to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he
purchased and edited the Belknap Gazette for
several years. He was clerk of the Boston. Con-
cord & Montreal railroad from its organization till
his death. He was United States marshal for New
Hampshire under the administrations of Van Buren
and Jackson. He also served the state as repre-
sentative and state senator. In later years he did
a large business as insurance agent and adjuster.
When the Montreal railroad was built, he settled
all the land damages between Concord and Woods-
ville, New Hampshire. "Physically speaking, he
was a man of fine and commanding presence, with
a large frame, surmounted by a head whose Web-
sterian proportions and strong features betokened
great intellectual ability. His rare gifts, combined
with a genial and sunny disposition, won him hosts
of friends." He was prominent in Masonic circles,
and at his death, March 6, 1876, in Laconia, after
a four years' invalidism from paralysis, special
trains brought large Masonic delegations from Con-
cord, Plymouth and other places. Charles Lane
was twice married. His first wife was Pauline
(Moulton) Lane, of Concord, New Plampshire, whom
he married at Bradford, Massachusetts, August 3,
1822. She died of consumption, March 17, 1838,
leaving him two children : Charles Parker, a
printer, who died July 9, 1876, in Haverhill, Massa-
chusetts, aged fifty-three ; and Edwin Jonathan, a
dry goods merchant and manufacturer of Boston,
Massachusetts, who married Asenath Smitli, of
Lowell, Massachusetts. They had two children,
Paulina, who married Edward Wasfield, of Boston,
and Josephine, who married Charles S. Spaulding,

of Brookline, Massachusetts. Colonel Charles
Lane's second wife was Sarah Jane, eldest of the
ten children of Rev. Abraham and Nancy (Conner)
Bodwell, of Sanbornton. They were married Au-
gust 6, 1838. She was a woman of superior quali-
ties of mind and heart. Her father was a graduate
of Harvard, and for forty-six years was pastor of
the Congregational Church at Sanbornton. Her
brother. Dr. Joseph Conner Bodwell, was a gradu-
ate of Dartmouth, became a clergyman in England,
and later returned to this country where he filled
pulpits in Massachusetts, and finally became a pro-
fessor in the Theological Seminary at Hartford,
Connecticut. Mrs. Sarah J. (Bodwell) Lane died
at Laconia, November 11, 1880, leaving three chil-
dren : George Bodwell, mentioned below, Jennie
Frances, who married A. Henry Waitt, of Boston,
and James Willis, who lives at Sour Lake, Texas.
(VII) George Bodwell, eldest child of Colonel
Charles Lane and his second wife, Sarah J. (Bod-
.well) Lane, was born in Sanbornton, New Hamp-
shire, August 5, 1 841. He was educated in the
common schools of Laconia and at Gilford Academy.
He then entered the dry goods store of John Pren-
tiss Tucker, of Concord, New Hampshire, where he
was clerk for ten years. Mr. Tucker's wife was
Hannah (Whipple) Tucker, a niece of Chief Justice
Salmon P. Chase. After leaving Concord Mr. Lane
acted as travelling salesman for a Boston firm, his
route took him through the state of Maine ; he
continued in this occupation until i860. In 1862
he enlisted in Company H, Twelfth Regiment, New
Hampshire Volunteers ; he helped recruit the regi-
ment at Laconia. He was appointed regimental
mail clerk for the territory between Point Lookout
and Washington, and in 1864 was made commis-
sary sergeant. In 1865 he returned to Laconia and
subseqeuntly took the position of bookkeeper in
the Gilford hosiery mill, remaining for three
years. Later he was engaged in the insurance
business with his father. He was register of deeds
for Belknap county for two years, and town clerk
for Laconia, six years. In 1894 he was appointed
by Colonel Thomas Cogswell, of Gilmanton, to a
position in the pension office at Concord. He subse-
quently became chief clerk, which office he still
holds. In politics he is a Democrat, and he at-
tends the Congregational Church. George B. Lane
married, November 18, 1870, Mrs. Mary Jane
(Davis) Webber, daughter of Samuel Davis, of
Lakeport, New Hampshire, where she was born
May 25, 1841. They have one child, Ada Florence,
born March 15, 1877.

(IV) Deacon Jeremiah, seventh son and
eleventh of the sixteen children of Deacon Joshua
and Bathsheba (Robie) Lane, was born March 10,
1732, and died June 21, 1806, aged seventy-four.
He was a man of some means and of excellent
standing in the community where he resided. His
name is on petitions to Governor Wentworth
relative to delinquent taxpayers in May, 1772. In
March of the following year he made a statement
to Governor Wentworth and the general assembly
respecting a dispute in a parish of Hampton Falls,
and October i, 1762, he was one of a committee to
determine the boundaries between Salisbury and
Andover, then called Stevenstown and New
Britain. Fie was very pious, a man of fair speech,
active as a deacon in the church, and delivered the
address at the funeral of his father which was
printed under the title of "A Memorial and a Tear
of Lamentation." Jeremiah Lane married, January
18, 1759, Mary Sanborn, who was born May 24,
1736, daughter of Lieutenant Joseph Sanborn. She



died August 17, 1818, aged eighty-two. Their chil-
dren, born at Hampton Falls, were : .Mary, Sarah,
Joshua, Jeremiah, Simeon, a son, and Levi.

(V) Jeremiah (2), fourth child and second son
of Deacon Jeremiah (i) and Mary (.Sanborn) Lane,
was born m Hampton Falls, January 20, 1768, and
died July 18, 184S. He was a farmer and settled
in Chichester in 1792. He and his second wife were
members of the Congregational Church. He mar-
ried (tirst), December 29, 1791, Eunice Tilton, who
was born November 26, 1764, and died January 18,
1811; and (second), December 31, 1811, Hannah
Tucke, who was born October 2, 1776, and died
May 13, 1848. By his first wife he jiad children:
Benjamin, Jeremiah, Joshua, a son, liunice, Polly,
Betsey and Joseph; and by his second wife: An-
thony Knapp, Moses Garland and Hannah Sarah.

(VI) Moses Garland, second child of Jere-
miah and Hannah (Tucke) Lane, was born August
26, 1814, and died October, 1895. He was named for
his great-uncle, Lieutenant Moses Garland, who
was a Revolutionary soldier and fought valiantly
at the battle of Bunker Hill. He resided on the

"homestead in Chichester, then removed to Pitts-
field. He and his wife were members of the Con-
gregational Church. He married, November 29,
1839, Sophia Ann Sanborn, daughter of Captain
James Sanborn, of Epsom. She died in Pittsfield,
August 9, 1856. They had six children : Elizabeth
A., born April 6, 1841, married, January 24, 1866,
David K. Swett, of Pittsfield. Charles H., see
forward. Abbie M., born February 22, 1847, mar-
ried, December 5, 1872, George P. Woodman, of
Manchester. James T., died young. Helen A., born
August 2, died October 30, 1853. Walter B., born
March 21, 1855, died April, 1880.

(VH) Charles H., second child and eldest son
of IMoses G. and Sophia Ann (Sanborn) Lane, was
born in Chichester, October 9, 1843, and while he
was still a boy his parents removed to Pittsfield.
He attended the public schools in that town and
in Concord, and was subsequently a student
at Pittsfield Academy. For many years he was
a builder and lumber dealer. After marriage
he resided in Concord, and then removed to
Pittsfield, which has since been his home. Beginning
life with a small capital he has acquired a large
property and become prominent as a contractor and
builder, banker and dealer in real estate. Quiet and
retiring in manner, he has ever been interested in
promoting the growth of Pittsfield and has done
much toward that end. He constructed most of the
large buildings and managed the most difficult car-
penter work of the town. He possesses not only
mechanical skill but much ingenuity, and has in-
vented several useful appliances. He was among
the first in the organization of the Pittsfield Acque-
duct Company, of which he was superintendent
fifteen years, and is still a director. For a time he
was superintendent of the Pittsfield Gas Company,
and is -yet a member of its directorate. He is a
trustee of the Farmers' Savings Bank of Pittsfield,
a director in the Pittsfield National Bank and a
director from its organization to the present time
in the Merchants' National Bank of Dover. He is
a loyal Republican, has never sought or filled an
office, but has been ever ready to assist in his party's
progress and in the cause of temperance. He is a
deeply religious man by nature, an active member
of the Congregational Church, and for years has
been its treasurer and one of its wardens. He is
a charter member of Corinthian Lodge. No. 82,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Pittsfield. and of Sun-

cook Lodge, No. 10, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Pittsfield.

He married (first), in Pittsfield, January 2, 186S,
Almira Lorena Perkins, who was born August 3,
184s, daughter of Oliver Lowell and Abigail (San-
born) Perkins, of Pittsfield. She died P'ebruary 24,
1897, aged fifty-two. She attended the same schools
that jNlr. Lane did, and* subsequently taught school.
She was a fond mother, a lady of culture, and took
nnich interest in the education of her family. The
children of Charles H. and Almira L. (Perkins)
Lane, were : Willis H., died aged seven years. Katie
Rena, died at the age of three years. Winifred,
born x\pril 30, 1875, married, June 26, 1895, Charles
C. Goss. Ethel, born July 2, 1880, died December
29, 1884. Mr. Lane married (second), Ella (Ches-
ley) Martin, a woman active in the educational in-
terests of the tow/n.

(Third Family.)
Many early immigrants of this name are
LANE found among the seventeenth century
settlers of America, and most of them
reared large families and have numerous descend-
ants. The present line is derived from James Lane,
of Casco Bay, Maine, and is unrelated to that
sprung from William Lane, of Boston, whose
grandson, Deacon Joshua Lane, was a prominent
citizen of Hampton, New Hampshire. The Hamp-
ton Lanes and their descendants are already well
represented in the biographies of this work.

(I) James Lane, born in England, son of James
Lane, was a craftsman and perhaps a member of
the guild of turners, Lonuon, in 1654. That same
year he had joint ownership with his brother, John
Lane, in real estate at Rickmansworth. Hcriiord
cotmt}', which had been received from their par-
ents. James Lane had paid debts on the property
and was thereby depleted in pocket. Perhaps with
a view of bettering their circumstances, the brothers
Job, James and Edward Lane, came to America
and settled in Maiden, Massachusetts, about 1656.
Soon after Edward Lane went to Boston and Job
to Billerica, Massachusetts, but James Lane had
more of the pioneer spirit, and finally pitched his
tent at Casco Ba.\, Maine. Here he acquired large
tracts cf land and gave his name to a point -and
an island ofif the east bank of Royall's river, which
they still bear. Tradition says that Lane's Island
is the place where the Indians planted corn, held
councils and buried their dead. In 1665-66 James
Lane was "sergeant of ye companye," the West- *
custigo military organization, formed on the plan
of the London train-bands to which the immortal
John Gilpin lielonged. As chief officer Sergeant
Lane would be armed with halberd, sword and
pistol. James Lane is supposed to have had a wife,
Ann, and certainly had a daughter bj- that name.
He afterwards married Sarah White, daughter of
John and Mary (Phips) White. Sarah White had
interesting antecedents, and was the half sister of
Sir William Phips, the royal governor of Massa-
chusetts. Her mother Mary was the widow of
James Phips when she married John White and
she had twenty-six children b}' the two husbands.
James Lane died intestate, leaving six children who
shared his estate. These were : Ann, who married
Richard Bray: John, whose sketch follows: Samuel,
who had a wife Abigail ; Henry, who died at Bos-
ton. June 4, 1690: Job, who married Mary Fassett ;
and James. Sergeant James Lane was killed in a
fight with the Indians, but the date cannot be ascer-
tained. It was probably between 1675 and 1678, be-



cause a deposition from his son John says that they
lived at Casco Bay until driven thence by the "first
warr." A massacre of four adults and three children
occurred there September 12, 1675, and on August
II, 1676, Falmouth (which later developed into Port-
land) was attacked and thirty-four persons killed
or captured. All the settlements in that region were
abandoned for a time. The inventory of the estate
of Sergeant James Lane was made in 1680. and
among the items are: "Lincew^ulse, 34 shillings;
puter, 14 shillings ; 3 bras cetles at 20 shillings."
There is a goodly amount of cloths of various kinds,
beside bed and table linen, but the only kitchen
furniture mentioned beside the kettles are one por-
ridge pot and a pair of tongs and pot-hooks.

(II) John, eldest son and second child of Ser-
geant James Lane, was born in 1652 in England.
It is not known whether his mother was Sarah
White or her predecessor Ann ; probably Sarah
White. When he was past eighty years of age,
John Lane deposed that he lived at Casco Bay,
Maine, until driven out by the second Indian war.
He continued to live on the Maine coast for some
years after leaving Casco Bay, because he was at
Cape Elizabeth in 1680, and at Purpooduck Point
in 1687 and 1689. Soon after he went to Glou-
cester, Massachusetts, which became his permanent
home. It was from him and his family that the
village of Lanesville on Cape Ann takes its name.
John Lane's name is attadied to many deeds con-
veying tracts of land in the vicinity of Gloucester.
He also possessed large estates in Maine, both by
inheritance and purchase. There was great con-
fusion about the titles to land in the latter place,
and in 1700 the general court of Massachusetts es-
tablished a commission to examine into the matter.
In these records John Lane was accounted among
the old planters of Westcustigo. and there are many
depositions extant signed by his name. John Lane
was connected with the First Church in Gloucester
before 1703, and was an original member of the
Third Church, Annisquam, when it was organized

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