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reward. He was a member of the Lawrence com-
mon council for two years and president of that
body for one year served as city solicitor for six
years, and was one of the presidential electors in
1888, casting his official ballot for Benjamin Har-
rison. In 1896 he was appointed one of the com-
missioners to revise and codify the laws of Massa-
chusetts, serving in that capacity until called to
the judiciary of that commonwealth. For three
years he rendered valuable service to the Republican
party organization as a member of the state central
committee, and was twice the party's candidate for
mayor of Lawrence. Lie has also accepted and con-
scientiously fulfilled various duties of a semi-public
nature. In 1888 he was summoned to the board of
overseers of Bowdoin College, is a trustee of the
Brewster Free Academy at Wolfboro, New Hamp-
shire, and of the Essex Savings Bank, Lawrence,
has long performed similar duties for the White
Fund and by virtue of the latter is a life trustee
of the Lawrence Public Library. Judge Bell is a
veteran of the Civil war, having served one hun-
dred days in Companj'- C, Forty-second Regiment
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and is a past
commander of Needham Post, No. 139, Grand Army
of the Republic. He is also a member of the Sons
of the American Revolution, Society of Colonial
Wars, and the Society of the Cincinnati, having
served upon the standing committee. His religious
affiliations are with the Trinity Congregational
Church, Lawrence, and for many years he has
served as one of its deacons. He has contributed
some valuable additions to the literature of his pro-

fession, the most notable of which is a "Digest of
Massachusetts Reports." His alma mater made
him a Doctor of Laws in 1901.

On November 21, 1872, Judge Bell married for
his first wife Helen Maria Pitman, daughter of Jo-
seph P. and Charlotte A. (Parker) Pitman, of La-
conia, New Hampshire. She died March 26, 18S2,
leaving four children : Alice Lyon, Mary White,
Joseph Pitman, and Helen Pitman Bell. He was
again married April 10, 1883, to Elizabeth Wood-
bury Pitman, a sister of his first wife. Judge Bell
resides in Andover, Massachusetts.

There can be little doubt that this line
CROSS of the name is an ofifshoot of the large

family founded in Essex county, Massa-
chusetts, which has furnished many of the leading
citizens of New Hampshire. (See page 1197). It is
probable that the first named below was from Meth-
uen, ^lassachusetts, though no record can be found
to establish the fact. The first found in the vital
records of this state is Simeon Cross.

(I) Simeon Cross was a resident of Bridgewater,
New Hampshire, wath his wife Abigail. No record
of their marriage appears in New Hampshire, but
their children are recorded in Bridgewater, namely :
George, Abigail, Simeon, Lydia, Abijah and Judith.

(II) Simeon (2), second son and third child
of Simeon (i) and Abigail Cross, was born August
7, 1784, in Bridgewater, and was a pioneer settler of
Stewartstown, this state. He cleared up lands and
engaged in agriculture until his death.

(HI) Simeon (3), son of Simeon (2) and

Cross, was born at Stewartstown, New Hampshire,
in 1827. In early life he went to Lowell, Massachu-
setts, and worked in the mills for a few years, and
then came back to his native town and settled upon
the farm where his son now lives. He was a Re-
publican in politics, and served as selectman of the
town. He was a constant attendant at the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and though not a member, con-
tributed liberally to its support. He married Susan,
daughter, of French and Polly (Piper) Hall. There
were nine children: Ella, married George Hicks,
and is now deceased; Loren, died in 1892; Mary,
married A. L. Davis, and lives in Errol, New
Hampshire; Frank H., of Berlin, New Hampshire;
John, whose sketch follows; Stephen, of Berlin,
New Hampshire; an infant; Hattie, married A. M.
Newell, of West Milan, New Hampshire; and Annie,
lives in Ohio. Simeon (3) Cross died in 1884.

(IV) John, third son asd fifth child of Simeon
(3) and Susan (Hall) Cross, was born on the farm
where he now lives, at Colebrook, New Hampshire,
on December 19, 1866. He was educated in the
district schools of his native town, and began to
farm early in life. He has about one hundred and
fifty acres under cultivation. He is a Republ-'can in
politics, and represented his town in the legislature
of 1904. He served as selectman of Colebrook in
1902 and 1903. He belongs to the Grange and to
the Knights of Pythias, and was formerly captain
in the Uniform Rank of the latter organization. He
is not married, and he and his mother constitute
the family oil the old homestead.

This old New England family is not so
HUNT numerously represented in New Hamp-
shire as many others, but its representa-
tives are usually men of highest character, and re-
flect credit upon_ the family as well as upon this
and the communities in which they reside.

(I) Edward Hunt, of Amesbury, Massachu-
setts, must have been born as early as 1655 or
sooner, and was the ancestor of the Amesbury



branch of the family. He may have been a son of
Edward Hunt, who was at Cambridge in 1635, and
is possibly identified with the Edward Hunt who
sold land in Duxbury in 1665. He subscribed to
the oath of allegiance in Amesbury, 1667, and was a
member of the Train Band in 1680. He died De-
cember 23, 1727, in Amesbury, and the administra-
tion of his estate was granted to his son Nathaniel,
in 1729. His widow, Ann Hunt, was then living.
He married, February 19, 1675, Ann Weed, born
July 26. 1657, daughter of John and Deborah
(Winsley) Weed, of Amesbury. John Weed was
born about 1627, and was among the early planters
of Amesbury. He was a lieutenant of the militia,
and a leading citizen of the town. His wife, Deb-
orah (Winsley) Weed, was a daughter of Sam-
uel and Elizabeth Winsley. Samuel Winsley was a
planter of Salisbury, and was one of the twelve who
obtained a grant to begin a plantation at what is
now Amesbury, in 163S. The children of Edward
and Ann (Weed) Hunt included two daughters
who died in infanc}', besides Mary, John, Ephraim,
Hannah, Samuel, Nathaniel and Thomas.

(H) Nathaniel, fourth son and eighth child of
Edward and Ann (Weed) Hunt, was born Septem-
ber 27, 1693, in Amesbury. He died between 1724
and 1728, the dates, respectively, of the making and
proving of his will. His estate included seventeen acres
of land and was valued at fifty-seven pounds, three
shillings and eight pence. He married, May 17,
1721, Hannah Tubury, daughter of Henry (2) and
Hannah Tubury, and granddaughter of Henry Tu-
bur}', a weaver of Newbury and Amesbury. She
was born August 26, 1697. Their children were :
Philip, Moses. Nathaniel, Zacheus. Henry, Eliakim,
Ann, Hannah, Judith, Mary, David and Sylvanus.

(HI) Henry, fifth son and child of Nathaniel
and Hannah (Tulmry) Hunt, resided in Kings-
ton, New Hampshire, where he died in 1794. The
records of Kingston show that on February 24,
1730, he was paid the sum of sixteen pounds and
five shillings for "Keping scool." He married
Hannah Eastman, daughter of Roger and Rachel
Eastman (see Eastman, IV), and they were the par-
ents of children: Eliakim, Henry, Abner, Moses,
Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth, Judith, Miriam, Ann,
Stephen and Eliphalet.

(IV) Henry (2), second son and child of
Henry and Hannah (Eastman) Hunt, was born Au-
gust 29, 1749, in Kingston, and resided in Gilman-
ton, New Hampshire, where he operated iron works.
He married, December 27. 1777, Rhoda French, and
their children were : John, Oliver, Henry, Rhoda,
Nancy and Lois.

(V) Oliver, second son and child of Henry and
Rhoda (French) Hunt, was born June 8, 1782, at
Gilmanton Iron Works, and died in Manchester,
November 24, 1857. He took up his residence in
Alton, where he had a farm and blacksm'ith shop,
and later removed to a farm in Manchester Cen-
ter. Like his father he was a blacksmith and worker
in iron, and was a most industrious man. He mar-
ried, in 1803, Anna Oilman, born July 3, 1780, at
Gilmanton Iron Works, a daughter of Dudley Gil-
man, and granddaughter of Stephen and Rebecca
(Coffin) Oilman, and thus the Hunt family became
allied with two of the principal families of Oilman-
ton. The children of this marriage were : Oilman,
Dudley, died in Manchester, at the age of forty-two
years. Jonathan Titcomb Parker, see forward.
Olive A., M. D., an early woman physician of New
Hampshire : she graduated in 1866-67. engaged in
active practice in Manchester many years, and still
actively engaged in the practice of her profession.
Oliver Coffin, died in Manchester at the age of

twcnty-.-'ix years. These children were all born at
Gihnant(jn Iron Works.

(VI) Jonathan Titcomb Parker, second son and
child of Oliver and Anna (Oilman) Hunt, was born
April 7, 1809, in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and
died February 23, 1865, in his fifty-sixth year, in
Manchester. During his short life he accom-
plished much. He was a man of great ambition and
industry, and early in life went to Lowell, where he
became a mason contractor and built the Booth
mills. Upon the organization of the Amoskeag
Manufacturing Company he was induced to come
to Manchester, then a small village. 1837-38, and
was among the leaders in building up the present
city. He built the mills of the Amoskeag Manufac-
turing Company, of Stark Corporation and the
Print Works, and was continuously employed in
that line of work until his retirement, in 1851-52,
on account of failing health. He organized the
Manchester Gaslight Company, built the entire
plant, and became its agent and manager, in which
capacity he continued until his death. He was a
director of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company,
and was interested in various industries, including
the scale factory and the iron foundry. He was
one of the committee, in 1842, which built the
town house of Manchester, on the present site of
the City Hall, and after its destruction by fire he
built the City Hall. For a time he engaged in the
construction of the Manchester & Lawrence rail-
road, and after its completion was its superintend-
ent until its operation was thoroughly organized.
He was a director of the Manchester Bank from the
time of its organization until its re-organization as
a national bank in 1865, about the time of his death.

Mr. Hunt was an attendant of the Universalist
Church, and constructed its house of worship. He
was a member of Hillsborough Lodge and Mt.
Wonolancet Encampment of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and was identified with Lafayette
Lodge, Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, and Trin-
ity Commandery, Knights Templar, of the Masonic
Order. In early life he was an enthusiastic sup-
porter of the Free Soil movement, and upon the or-
ganization of the Republican party was a leader in
its affairs, and so continued until his death. At the
first election carried by that party, in 1858, he was
elected representative to the state legislature, re-
elected in 1859, and shortly after that he served
three years as a railroad commissioner of the state.
He was at different time chief engineer of the fire
department, and held that office in 1859. during the
celebrated muster.

Mr. Hunt married, September 27, 1835, Irene
Drew, born June 28, 1813, at Alton, New Hamp-
shire, daughter of Nathan Drew, of Alton, whose
wife was an Elliott. She survived her husband
thirty-four years, dying February 25, 1899, in Man-
chester. Their children were : Irene Augusta, mar-
ried Dr. Thomas Wheat, of Manchester. Nathan
Parker, see forward. Annette, married William E.
Drew, of Manchester. Oliver. Oilman, deceased.
Abbie Maria, deceased, married Frank D. Everett.
(VII )^ Nathan Parker, eldest son and second
child of Jonathan T. P. and Irene (Drew) Hunt,
was born July 5, 1844, in Manchester, where his
life has been spent. He has been active in develop-
ing all the best interests of the city, in whose
founding his father took a prominent part. He was
graduated from the high school of Manchester, and
from Dartmouth College in the class of 1866. He
took up the study of law with Samuel N. Bell. Esq.,
of Manchester, and was admitted to the bar in May,
1869. Immediately thereafter he began the prac-
tice of his profession, sharing the office of his pre-



ceptor, Mr. Bell, which office he still occupies. His
time was given to general practice until the de-
mands of various interests prevented further activ-
ity in that direction. In 1876 he was appointed
judge of the police courts by Governor Cheney and
served until 1895, when he resigned. He was city
solicitor two years, treasurer of Hillsborough county
for three years, served upon the school committee
many years, and in 1876, when the Democratic
party lost control of the state government, he was
elected representative from his ward, which was one
of the Democratic strongholds of the city.

In 1879 he was made a director of the Mer-
chants' National Bank at Manchester, and upon the
death of Governor Weston, in 1895. he succeeded
him as president of the bank. As one of the or-
ganizers of the Hillsborough County Savings Bank,
he was made its treasurer, and has so continued to
the present time. For many years he served as
vice-president of the New Hampshire Fire Insur-
ance Company, a most prosperous and W'Orthy
Manchester enterprise,- and upon his election as
treasurer of that company, to succeed the late
George Byron Chandler, in August, 1905, he re-
signed the vice-presidency. He served as trustee of
the City Library from September, 1873, until his
resignation in May, 1906, and was treasurer of the
board from 1879 until his resignation. He was one
of the executors of the estate *of Mrs. Mary G. Gale,
and assisted in the organization of the Gale Home,
one of the leading benevolent institutions of Man-
chester, of which he has been president down to
the present time. He was one of the organizers of
the Masonic Home at Manchester, and is now
treasurer of that institution. For the past ten years
he has been trustee of the State Industrial School,
and is now president of the board. He has been a
member of Wildy Lodge, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, since 1866, and one of the charter
members of Mt. Washington Encampment, having
passed through all the chairs of both orders. He
has passed all the chairs of the Council, Chapter
and Commandery, and is a member of the Consis-
tory up to and including the thirty-third degree.
He was for twenty-five years a member of the com-
mittee on jurisprudence, trials and appeals of the
Grand Lodge. He is an active member of the Ma-
sonic Order as is indicated by his connection with
the Masonic Home, and his connection with the of-
ficial bodies of the school and city libraries indi-
cates his interest in education and the general wel-
fare of the community.

Mr. Hunt married, November 22, 1870, Eliza-
beth S. Bisbce., born in Derby, Vermont, 1844
daughter of David and Sarah (Albie) Bisbee. They
are the parents of three children : Samuel Parker,
who was an electrical engineer in Boston on the
Old Colony railroad up to April, 1907, and since
then has been assistant general manager of the
Manchester Machine, Light & Power Company.
Sara, married Albert L. Clough, one child, Eliza-
beth Louise Clough. Agnes, an instructor in Smith

The Hunt family is a numerous and
HUNT prosperous one in the United States.

The ancestry of this line cannot now be
discovered, though diligent search has been made.

(I) John Hunt, son of Levi Hunt, was born in
Lisbon, New Hampshire, in 1821. He was a farmer
and lived in Carroll, New Hampshire, from 1855
till 1894, when he moved to Whitefield. He was a
Democrat in politics, and was selectman of the
town in T858-59-60-62-70. and represented Carroll in
the legislature of 1874-75. He attended the Baptist

Church, and was a respected citizen. John Hunt
married Mary Ann, daughter of Samuel and Sa-
brina Ash, of Lisbon. They had ten children : An
unnamed infant. Sabina, deceased. George H., de-
ceased. Henry J., now living at Whitefield. Mary
E., who married Hal E. Jenness. Samuel D., whose
sketch follows. Ida E. John W. Mildred J., de-
ceased. Augusta. John Hunt died at Carroll, New
Hampshire, 1899, and his wife died March, 1891.

(II) Samuel Delbert, third son and sixth child
of John and Mary Ann (Ash) Hunt, was born at
Bethlehem, New Hampshire, August 24, 1852. He
was educated in the common schools, and has
farmed since then. His father moved to Carroll
when he was three years old, and the son remained
there till 1899, when he bought his present place
in Whitefield. He is a Democrat in politics, and
served as selectman in Carroll for four years, and
is now (1907) holding his second term as select-
man in Whitefield. He attends the Baptist Church.
On August 2, 1877, Samuel Delbert Hunt married
Alice M., daughter of Hosea and Annette Whit-
comb, of Bethlehem. They had one child, Minnie,
born 1878, and died at five months old.

The families of Dowd or O'Dowd,
DOWD Doody. and so on, as the name was va-
riously anglicized, are of one stock, and
descended from the princes and chiefs of Con-
jiaught. Many of them have been soldiers. The
ancient Dowds were unusually tall, and all the
O'Dowds even to the present day are so.

CI) Oliver Dowd was born in county Kerry,
Ireland and there spent his life. He married Mary

(II) John, son of Oliver and Mary (Sullivan)
Dowd, was born in county Kerry, in 1821, and died
in Lewiston, Maine, in 1871, aged fifty years. He
was a farmer and came to America after the "great
famine" in Ireland in 1847-48. He was engaged in
railroad work in New Haven, Connecticut, for a
time, and went from there to Banger, Maine. Be-
fore the Civil war he assisted in the construction
of Fort Knox at Bucksport, Maine. He was aft-
erward in a wholesale grain firm in Bangor, Maine,
He married Margaret Hannifin. Their children
were : Thomas, Mary, Oliver, John, James, Pat-
rick, Daniel, John H. and Cornelius.

(III) John (2), eighth child and seventh son of
John and Margaret (Hannifin) Dowd. was educated
in the common schools of Bangor and Lewiston.
At an early age he entered the employ of the Lin-
coln Cotton Mills at Lewiston, Maine, where he
worked four years. He then went to Bangor, where
he spent three years learning marble cutting. From
Bangor he went to Boston where he was em-
ployed in the same business by Enoch Wentworth,
and later by Henry Murray. August 6, 1883, he
entered the employ of John S. Treat, the proprie-
tor of the oldest marble and granite cutting busi-
ness in New England, where he remained four
years. In 1887 he formed a partnership with Low-
ell Jenness, and they established themselves at
Portsmouth in the business at which years of expe-
rience had made them proficient. Four years later
Mr. Dowd bought his partner's interest in the busi-
ness of which he has since been sole proprietor.
Mr. Dowd has managed his affairs successfully and
prospered. He has been active in public affairs and
has been elected to positions of trust and honor.
He served as assessor of taxes, as representative
in the legislature, and as water commissioner of the
city of Portsmouth. He married, January, 1886,
Lena M. Hutchins, who was born in Portsmouth,
daughter of George W. Hutchins. They have four



children : Oliver H., Anna M., John F. and Law-

(I) John Daley was born in county
DALEY Cork, Ireland, in the year 1839. His
onl}' educational opportunities were a
few days of schooling in the old country. He came
to America about 1S58. He worked on a farm in
Lowell, IMassachusetts, and for six years lived in
the town of Tewksbury. He then went to Austra-
lia, where he remained for two years and where he
worked at farming. When he returned to this
country he settled in Londonderry. New Hampshire,
where he hired a farm for three years. He then
bought the Titcomb farm where he lived till his
death. When he started in for himself he had
twenty dollalrs in money, a cook stove worth five
dollars, a hand-cart worth three dollars, and fur-
niture to the value of five dollars more. He lived
to be a respected citizen in the old town of Lon-
donderry, where he held the office of road surveyor,
and also served on the school committee. In poli-
tics he was a Republican. He belonged to the Ro-
man Catholic Church. He married Julia Royah,
daughter of Daniel Royah, and they had three chil-
dren : James P., born December 18, 1866. John W.,
mentioned below. Daniel J., born August 3, 1874.
Daniel was educated in the schools of Nashua, New
Hampshire, at Pembroke Academy, and at the Bos-
ton Law School. He married Josephine C. Burke,
of Manchester, New Hampshire. He was a lawyer
in Manchester six j'ears, and had a fine office in the
Kennard, the best building in the city at the time it
was burned. Daniel Daley died March 5, 1905.
John Daley died March 31, 1901, at Londonderry.
His wife is still living.

(II) John William, second son and child of
John and Julia (Royah) Daley, was born on Can-
dlemas Day, February 2, 1868, at Londonderry. He
was educated in the district schools of Windham,
New Hampshire, and worked on the home farm
till he was twenty-nine years of age. He then came
to Manchester and hired some land of the Mercy
Home, and raised market vegetables for three
years. On December 30, 1900, he moved across the
river to Bedford and bought the John E. Underbill
farm of twenty-five acres. His occupation is mar-
ket gardening. He is a charter member of General
Stark Grange, and has held office. He is a Republi-
can in politics, and belongs to the Roman Catholic

In the early records this name ap-
THORNE pears interchangeably Thorn, or

Thorne. The latter seems to be the
preferred modern spelling. Several of the family
are found among the earliest American immigrants,
especially in Virginia. February 16, 1623, Henry
Thorne was living in the household of "Ensign
Isack Chaplaine, Chaplaine's Choise, Charles Cittie,
Virginia." Thomas Thorne, aged thirteen, embarked
in the "Safety" for that colony, and Henry Thorne
arrived in the "James" in 1622. The ancestor of the
New England Thornes is probably Peter, who at the
age of twenty sailed from England in the "Eliza-
beth" of London, April 10, 1635, and settled either
in Lynn or Salem, Massachusetts. John Thorne,
probably the son of Peter, with his brother, Israel
Thorne, was in King Philip's war in 1665. Ten
years later, August 21, 1675, he was enrolled at
Rehoboth, Alassachusetts, under Captain Daniel
Henchman, in another expedition against King
Philip. It is thought that Samuel, mentioned in the
next paragraph, may have been a son of John. As

it has been impossible fully to authenticate these
early ancestors the line begins with a later genera-

(I) John, son of Samuel and Abigail (Barbour)
Thorn, was born in Boston, February 10, 1697. His
mother was the daughter of Captain George Bar-
bour, a Puritan of distinction who came to this
country in 1635 and was one of the first settlers
of Dedham and Medfield, besides being the chief
military officer of his district and a member of the
colonial government. John Thorn moved to Kings-
ton, New Hampshire, where his will was proved
November 12, 1790, showing that he lived to the ad-
vanced age of ninety-three. In this will he men-
tions his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Elizabeth,
three children of his daughter, Jemima Loveren, his
son Jacob, who was executor, and his son John, to
whom was given but five shillings, "he having re-
ceived his part of my estate in his lifetime." Abra-
ham, the youngest child, born January 31, 1757. was
not mentioned in the will, and perhaps was not liv-
ing at the time.

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Elizabeth
Thorn, always known as the "Old Quartermaster
Thorn" from the office he held in the French and
Indian wars, came up from Kingston, New Hamp-
shire, in 1765, and settled on what was afterwards
known as "Thorn Hill," in Sanbornton, this state.
When at Kingston he served in Captain Marston's
company. Colonel John Goffe's regiment, in the ex-
pedition against Crown Point, being enrolled Sep-
tember 30, 1762. The name of his wife is unknown.
There were seven children: Phinehas, John (3),
Mercy, Henry, Abram, Mary and Jeremiah. In his
later years Quartermaster Thorn went to live with
his son, Dr. John, at Sullivan, Maine, but he re-
turned to Sanbornton, where he died in September,

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