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join the Continental army at Ticonderoga. He was
disciiargcd from this service July 12, 1777. He died
Sejjt ember 2, 1700. in 'I'cmple, and his widow mar-
ried Darius Hudson, of that town. He was mar-
ried January 28, 1772, in Andover, Massachusetts,
to Ruth Blanchard, his cousin, daughter of Samuel
and Ruth (Tenney) Blanchard, of Andover. Their
children were: Ruth, Benjamin (died three years
old), Samuel (died at one), William, Lucy, Benja-
min. Amos, David, Solomon and John. Ruth
Blanchard was born August 18, 1751, and died
April 13, 1831, in Antrim, New Hampshire.

(VI) Amos, sixth son and eighth child of Ben-
jamin and Ruth (Blanchard) Tenney, was horn
February 19, 1785, in Temple, and became a mer-
chant in Greenwich, Massachusetts. There is
record of his purchase October 20, 1826, of a parcel
of land in Greenwich. He was married in Pep-
perell, Massachusetts. September i, 1S07, to Lucy
Read, of Westford. that state, who was born Sep-
Icmljer 22, 1785, and died February 16, 1857, in
Claremont, at the home of her son. Amos Tenney
died Alay 17, 1839, at Claremont. Their children
were: Amos Jewett, Benjamin Blanchard, Lucy
Al)igail and Emeline Eliza.

(VH) Amos Jewett, eldest child of Amrs and
Lucy (Read) Tenney. was born July 31, 180S, in
Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and became an active
factor in the business development of Claremont.
He was reared in Greenwich, Massachusetts, was
a farmer, shoemaker and merchant. In April, 1837,
he removed to Claremont and engaged in mercan-
tile business. He became interested in the Clare-
mont Carriage Company, which got into financial dif-
ficulties. With one other director, Mr. Tenney as-
sumed the responsibility of the concern, and after
a hard struggle paid one hundred cents for each
dollar of its liabilities. In the settlement he came
into possession of the water power and a grist mill,
and he continued to deal in real estate with success.
His untimely death cut short a career calculated to
benefit his town in many ways. He passed away
August 3, 1853. licing four days over forty-seven
years of age. He was married in Greenwich, Mas-
sachusetts. May 28, 1832, to Persis Sexton Pomeroy,
daughter of Joshua and Persis (Sexton) Pomeroy
of that place, formerly of Somers, Connecticut. She
was l)orn. 1810, at Greenwich, and died July 28,
1843, at Claremont. Mr. Tenney married (second),
l''liza])eth Richards. His children were: Charles
Amos, a graduate of Dartmouth College and a liril-
liaut scholar: Edward Jewett and George Pomeroy.
The first resided in Claremont, and died there in
1856. 'I'he third served three years as a soldier in
the Civil war, as a member of the Second New
Hampshire Regiment, and died in Washington D.
C, in 1892, while an employe of the surgeon gen-
eral's department.

(VIII) Edward Jewett Tenney, second son of
Amos J. and Persis (Pomeroy) Tenney, was born
December it, 1836, in Greenwich, Massachusetts.
The following April he moved with his parents to
Claremont, New Hampshire, where he passed the
remainder of his life, and died January 15, 1906.
After reci-iving the schooling customary in those
days for a boy not contemplating a college course,

he entered a general merchandise store in Clare-
rnont where he remained, a most efficient clerk, un-
til the death of his father in 1855. Soon after this
Mr. Tenney engaged in the grocery trade with
Edwin W. Tolles. He later sold his interest in this
business and became a partner of J. W. Dane under
Ihe firm name of J. W. Dane & Company manu-
facturers of cigars and wholesalers of tobacco. A
branch .was established in Concord, of which Mr.
Tenney liad charge for a year or more, and con-
templated removing to that city, but on the outbreak
of the war the business was seriously interfered
вАҐwith, and was closed out about 1865. He then be-
came a partner of Russell Farwell, of Claremont,
bearing the firm name of Farwell & Tenney, manu-
facturers of shoes. In 187 1 Mr. Tenney bought his
partner's interest, selling it again to Mr. Augustus
Barrett, which firm, under the name of Barrett &
Tenney continued until i88r, wheir the latter partner
sold out his interests to Mr. Barrett's son. Mr.
Tenney then retired from active business, but his
time became fully occupied in the discharge of
duties he was asked to assume. He was twice a
member of the legislature, and served in the im-
portant position of railroad commissioner of his
state for three terms. From 1887 to 1889 he was
deputy internal revenue collector for western New
Hampshire, and eastern Vermont. He also during
these years served his town in various public of-
fices, and was one of the chief movers in many local
enterpriscs._ In 1S90, associating himself with the
leading citizen of his town, he became treasurer
and director of the Claremont Building Association
which accomplished the building of the Claremont
Hotel Block, giving the town one of the best hotels
in the state. Mr. Tenney was the treasurer and
one of the directors of the Claremont Electric Light
Company from its inception until it was absolved
into the Claremont Street Railway Company. In
the_ organization of the Sullivan County Park As-
sociation, he was one of its active members and for
many years an executive officer. In 1891 Mr. Ten-
ney was appointed judge of probate for Sullivan
county, and held that office at the time of his death.
He was also identified with the banking interests of
his tO'wn, and it was through his efforts that the
People's National Bank of Claremont was organized
in 1892, an institution that he saw grow to be one
of the strongest banks in the state, and one in
which, as one of its leading directors he took great
pride. _ Judge Tenney was a man strong mentally,
and with a keen analytical mind he possessed ex-
cellent judgment and was held in the highest es-
teem by his fellow citizens. Although he was not
educated for a lawyer, he was rated the best pro-
l)ate judge the county ever had. Fle was for many
years a strong force in the councils of the Repubh'can
party in both town and state, and was considered an
able, resourceful and reliable member of his party.
He was a demitted Mason and an attendant of the
Episcopal Church. Edward J. Tenney married, in
1859, Frances M. Hall, daughter of Stephen and
Charlotte (Green) Hall, both natives of Concord,
where for many generations their families were
prosperous farmers and neighbors on lands now
owned by St. Paul's school. Mrs. Tenney, a most
estimalile woman, is still living (1907) m the de-
lightful old family home in Claremont. Two chil-
dren were born ot this union: Edward Hall, the
eldest, died at Claremont at the age of twenty-six
years. He was a promising young man and gave
every evidence of a brilliant business career. George
Amos, the second son, was born in Claremont, Feb-
ruary ir, 1864. Lie is cashier of the People's Na-


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tional Rank of Ckircmont. and is one of tlic prom-
inent business men of his town. In North Adams,
Massachusetts, May 21, 1890, Mr. Tcnncy married
Sarah Estellc Ballon, a descendant of the famous
Hosea Ballou. They have two children: lulward
Ballon, born May 4, 1891 ; and George Pomeroy,
November 17, 1899.

i Among the earliest epithets to distin-
BLACK guish men from each other Avere those
which referred to personal characteris-
tics and peculiarities. Those that referred to com-
plexion were very common, and five or six cen-
turies ago, when our ancestors in Britain were as-
suming surnames, man}' made use of those descrip-
tive epithets as surnames. Those of White and
Read (Red) and Black were among the oldest and
most common of such names.

(I) Neil Black, son of Daniel Black, was l)orn in
T832, and was employed in iron works as a forger.
In 1895 he removed to Nashua, New Hampshire,
wdiere he was employed until 1896. when he retired
from industrial labor. He married Ann Leonard.
Four children were born of this union : Neil, Dan-
iel, John, James S. and Dennis.

(II) Dr. James Stainsland, fourth son and child
of Neil and Ann (Leonard) Black, was born in
Pembroke, Maine, December 21, 1875. He obtained
his literary education in the common schools, and
at the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and
Mechanical Arts, and then entered Dartmouth
Medical School, from which he graduated in 1900.
For a year and a half next following his graduation
he was a member of the medical staff of Deer
Island Hospital, Boston Harbor. From there he
went to the Massachusetts General Hospital and for
six months was on the staff, having charge of the
department of contagious diseases. Later he set-
tled in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he opened
an office and has since been engaged in a success-
ful and steadily growing creneral medical practice.
He is a member of the Hillsborough County and
the Nashua Medical societies.

The earliest known instance of this
MOODY name in Ensland is that of Reginald

Moody (spelled Mody), living in Nor-
folk countv, in the reien of Edward I, A. D., 1272.
In Oxfordshire and Wiltshire the name anciently
appears both as Modi and Mody, but in Somerset
and Hamnshire counties it was invariably spelled
Moody. It is suggested that the name mav have
been derived from the Anglo-Saxon Mod (force),
or from the ancient city Modessa, in Italy. In
America the Moodv family has been prominent from
very early times in Essex county. Massachusetts,
its chief seat being at Newburv. William Moody,
the progenitor of the name in New England, came,
according to the best records that ran be obtained,
from Wales, in 163.-?. He wintered in Ipswich, in
1634-5, and removed to Newbury with the fir=;t set-
tlers of that place in i6,'?5, where he resided until
his death, October 25, 1673. Mr. Moody was made
freeman on his arrival in Newbury, and received
a grant of ninety-two acres of land. He is said to
have been a saddler hv trade, and also skillful as a
farrier. It -is also stated on good authority that he
was a blacksmith and had the reputation of being
the first smith to shoe oxen. It appears evident
that he was interested in whatever furthered edu-
cational interests, and a large number of his imme-
diate descendants entered the learned profession and
were distinguished for their superior intelligence
quite in advance of the age in which they lived.

Nearly forty persons of the name were graduated
from the New England colleges previous to 1847.
William Moody was a man of note, both in the
ecclesiastical and civil affairs of his town. No date
of his marriage is given. The christian name of his
wife was Sarah. She died in Newbury, January 13,
1673. Their children were: Samuel, Joshua and

Joshua Moody, the second son of William and
Sarah Moody, was born in England, in 1633.
shortly before his father came to America. He re-
ceived the rudiments of his education in Newbury,
and graduated at Harvard College, class of 1655.
He studied Divinity, and conunenced his minis-
terial labors in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, early
in the year 1658, founding the First Congregational
society in that town. In consequence of dissensions
arising later, which amounted to persecution, he
removed to Boston in 1684 and became the assistant
pastor of the First Church. On the death of Pres-
ident Rogers of Harvard College, July 2, 1684, Mr.
Moody was elected his successor, but declined the
honor. After many urgent requests from his for-
mer parishioners, he returned to Portsmouth in
1692, where he passed the remainder of his days and
died July 4, 1697. Rev. Josiah Aloody is said to
have been remarkable for his decision of character,
his firmness under great trials, and particularly
for his decided opnosition to the delusion which in
the time of the Salem witchcraft in 1692 had so
largely deceived the population of Massachusetts.
Mr. Moody was twice married. It is probable that
his first wife was a daughter of Edward Collins,
of Cambridge. His second wife was Ann Jacobs,
of Ipswich, who survived him. The names of three
daughters are giA'cn, but w'e have no evidence that
he had more than one son, namely, Samuel, who
was probably born in Portsmouth. No date of his
birth appears, but he was a graduate of Harvard
College in 1689, and was for several years a
preacher in Newcastle, and later at the Isles of
Shoals. He finally laid aside his calling as clergy-
man and assumed that of a military commander.
He took command of a body of men in an expedi-
tion against the Indians, and frequently adiusted
matters of dispute. Samuel Moody eventually lo-
cated in Portsmouth, and was considered one of
the foremost settlers in building up that colony. He
married, in 1695, Esther, daughter of Nathaniel
Green, of Boston, by whom he had two sons,
Joshua and Samuel, and one daughter Mary.

(I) Elias Moody, it is claimed, was descended
from William the emigrant through the lines of
(II) Joshua and (III) Samuel, recorded above, but
the scanty records obtainable do not indicate which
one of Samuel's sons was his ancestor. He was
born in Unity, New Hampshire, in 1771. and died
in Newport, August 24, 1856. It is stated that his
father's name was Daniel, and it appears reasonable
that he is identical with Daniel Moody whose name
is recorded among the signers of a petition to divide
the town of Unity and address to the legislature in
1791. There is little room to doubt that Daniel
Moody (of Unity) was a native of one of the
sonlheasterly towns of New Hampshire, not far re-
moved from Portsmouth, where Rev. Joshua Moody
Labored so long. Elias Moody was a farmer, a
Democrat in politics, and his religious affiliations
were with the Baptists. He married Polly Critchet,
of Unitv. Their six children were: Jonathan,
Mary, Mathew Harvey, Nathan, Josiah and Melindy.
Matiiew Harvey Moody is said to have been a man
of more than ordinary ability. He received little
education until his marriage to Olive Dunham, a



noted school teacher of her lime. He became the
pupil of his wife, and turned the opportunity thus
afforded him in good account. In addition to his
trade of shoemaking Mr. Moody farmed on a large
scale, and carried on an extensive cattle business.
He was a justice of the peace for thirty year.s, per-
forming creditably the duties incident to the office,
and having the confidence and good will of the com-
numity in which he lived. One of his sons, An-
drew J. Moody, was in the government detective
service from 1854 to 1885, when illness compelled
him to resign his office. He has been a justice of
the peace for forty years, and is a resident of Am-
herst. New Hampshire.

(H) Jonathan, eldest son of Elias and Polly
(Critchet) Moodj', was born in Unity in 1801. He
removed in early manhood to Claremont, where he
died in 1883. He was by trade a shoemaker, using
pegs of his own manufacture, and had in his em-
ploy a force of several men. He is said to have
been a famous tenor drummer, and was in request
at all military trainings. He was a man of unique
personality, and strict business integrity. Mr
Moody married (first), Emily Walker. She died
September 8, 1836, aged twenty-eight years. Their
children were: Susan Addie, John Walker, Emily
Maria and Leonard Otis Tracy. He married (sec-
ond), Mary Chase, who was born in Claremont. in
1813, and died in her native town in i8go. She is
said to have been a very superior woman. The
children by this marriage were : Mary Elizabeth,
James Chase, William Henry Harrison, Eli Tolman,
George Washington, Clara Belle and Ada Frances.

(HI) William Henry Harrison, third child and
second son of Jonathan and Mary (Chase) Moody,
was born May 10, 1842, in Claremont. His school
advantages were limited to a few years in the dis-
trict schools of that day. When about fourteen
years of age he entered a shoe factory in Clare-
mont. and continued in its employ four years. In
i86r he enlisted in Troop L, New England Cavalry,
served a few months and was honorably discharged.
In the fall of 1S62, Mr. Moody engaged as traveling
salesman for a large shoe jobbing firm, and sold
goods all over the country. His extraordinary busi-
ness ability was soon recognized, and in 1867 he
was admitted as a partner in a concern under the
firm name of McGibbons, Moody & Radin, of Bos-
ton. In 187;^ he became a partner in the firm of
Grain, Moody and Rising, and they established a
shoe manufactory at Amoskeag, New Hampshire,
employing one hundred hands, and making shoes
for the Western and Southern trade. In a few
years the business having outgrown its quarters, the
firm removed to Nashua and continued there about
seven years, when the shoe manufacturing firm of
Moody, Estabrook & Anderson was organized.
They built at Nashua a three-story brick factory
large enough to accommodate from nine hundred
to one thou.sand hands, and to turn out over eight
thousand pairs of shoes of various styles per day,
it being at the time the largest manufactory of its
class of goods in the country, and having an office
and warehouse in Boston. Mr. Moody became a
director in the National Shoe and Leather Bank of
that city. In 1805 after amassing a snug fortune,
he retired from business and returned to his native
town, where he erected a commodious set of build-
ings surrounded by beautiful and extensive groimds.
He has always been a great admirer of horseflesh,
and his stables for many years contained a fine lot
of thoroughbreds.

The family maintains a summer home in Clare-
mont, but usually spends the winter in a more fa-

vorable climate. Mr. Moody takes a vital interest
in whatever pertains to the advancement and wel-
fare of his town, and has been a wise and generous
benefactor. He is the owner of Hotel Claremont,
a handsome and well appointed structure. In poli-
tics he is a conservative Republican, hence, does not
believe in sacrificing principle to party affiliation.
While considered liberal in religion, he has a firm
belief in the overruling power of God. October 25.
1866. in Bowdoinham, Maine, Mr. Moody married
Mary, daughter of Levi P. and Lovana (Orr) May-
nard. She was born September 6, 1841, in Fairfield,
Maine, and was educated in the academy of that
town. She is a woman of superior attainments, and
in the words of her husband, she has been "a sus-
taining power for good" during the years of their
wedded life.- Two children died in infancy.

The first known ancestor of this
LOMBARD family is found in the records of

Springfield, Massachusetts, but there
seems to be no record of his arrival in New Eng-
land. Bernard and Thomas Lombard, Lumbard
or Lombart, of Tenterden, county of Kent, Eng-
land, were in Scituate, Massachusetts, as early as
1637, but whether or not they were related to the
Lombards of Colebrook, now under consideration,
cannot be ascertained.

(I) John Lombard went to Springfield in 1646,
and received in all five grants of land there between
the years 1651 and 1664. He served as fence-viewer
in 1655 and ag'iin in 1667. He died May 15. 1672.
He was married September i, 1647, in New Haven,
to Joanna Pritchard and was the father of John
(who died young), David and Nathaniel.

(II) David, son of John and Joanna (Pritchard)
Lombard, was paid the sum of ten shillings for
killing a wolf in 1679. He served as surveyor in
1696, and as tithingman in 1698-99, and being chosen
constable in 1707-08, he hired Samuel Warner to
perform the duties of that office. His death oc-
curred August 17. 1716. The maiden name of his
wife is not known. His children were: Mary,
Margaret, Abigail, John, David, Ebenczcr, Joseph,
and two other children who died in infancy.

(III) John, son of David Lombard, was born in
Springfield, in 1685, and settled in Brimficld, Massa-

(IV) Joseph, son of John Lombard, resided in
Brimfield and may have been a native of that

(V) Joseph (2). son of Joseph (1) Lombard,
was a lifelong resident of Brimfield and followed
general farming.

(VI) Joseph (3), son of the preceding Joseph,
was born in Brimfield. He married Mary Faulk-
ner and had at least eight children.

(VII) Lyman Lombard, M. D., eighth child of
Joseph and Mary (Faulkner) Lombard, was born
in Brimfield, INIarch 15, 1788. His boyhood and
youth were spent in attending school and assisting
his father in carrying on the homestead farm, where
he acquired a robust constitution and a splendid
physique. A natural capacity for learning enabled
him to make good use of the slender advantages
for obtaining an education, and preferring profes-
sional life to that of a farmer he took up the study
of medicine under the direction of Dr. Keyes, of
Brimfield. His studies were interrupted by the
War of 1812-15, in which he served for a period of
nine months, and having concluded his professional
preparations in 1815 he selected the upper Connecti-
cut valley as a promising field for operation, inaug-
urating his professional career in Columbia, New



Hampshire. In tlic antunin of iSiS he removed to
Colebrook. where he purehased the residence and
succeeded to the practice of Dr. Thomas Flanders,
a pioneer medical practitioner in that locality, and
here he enthusiastically accepted his increased pro-
fessional duties, which at that time as well as for
many years afterwards were attended with hard-
ships unknown to the country physician of the pres-
ent day. During the early days of his practice he
traveled on horseback, hut later rode in a gig, and
his circuit extended north to the Canada line, south
to Northumberland and Guildhall and cast to Er-
rold and Dummer. He practiced both medicine and
surgery, was equally skillful in each, and for nearly
half a century withstood the constant exposure to
the severe winter weather and the oppressive heat
of the summer season, his almost invulnerable con-
stitution seemingly defying the frequent storms
and searching winds of the vigorous northern New
England climate. He v.-as not only faithful to his
patients but labored diligently to elevate the stand-
ard of his profession and in various other ways
made himself a useful and indispensable member of
societ}^ In addition to his professional popularity
his amiable disposition, genial manner and keen
sense of humor made him a general favorite, and
his large, well-proportioned frame and commanding
presence gave him an air of dignity which was per-
fectly in keeping with his position.

Dr. Lombarcl was a member of the county, state
and other medical bodies, and for a number of
years served as surgeon of the Twenty-fourth
Regiiiient, New Hampshire Volunteer Militia.
Politically he was a Democrat, and for the years
1851-52 represented his district in the state legisla-
ture. In 1S23 he was made a Mason in Evening
Star Lodge, of wdiich he was secretary for many
years, was one of the petitioners for the restora-
tion of its charter in 1859 and was chosen worship-
ful master. In his religious belief he was a Uni-
versalist. Dartmouth College conferred upon him
the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine in i860.
His death occurred in Colebrook, October 2T, 1867,
after a short illness. On December 2T, 1820, he
married Betsey Loomis, a native of Hebron, Con-
necticut, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Bisscll)
Loomis. She became the mother of six children,
namely Anna Smith, who became the wife of Ha-
zcn Bedel and is no longer living; Mary F.. wdio
died February 26, 1871 ; Isabel A., who became the
wife of Corydon Farr and died April 2, 1900;
Emma E., who became the wife of S. S. Merrill
and died in March, 1872; Erasmus Darwin, who
died July 8, 1857; and Joseph E., who is the only
survivor. Mrs. Betsey Lombard died March 22,
1872. She was a woman of superior intelligence
and kept a diary which covered a period of fifty

(VIII) Joseph Erastus, youngest son and child
of Dr. Lyman and Betsey (Loomis) Lombard, was
born in Colebrook, December 28, 1837. He began
his education in the public schools of his native
town, continued it in those of Thctford, Vermont,
and North Bridgton, Maine, and concluded his
studies with a course at the Colebrook Academy.
He began the activities of life as a farmer, con-
tinued in that occupation for a number of years,
but relinquished agriculture for the real estate busi-
ness and has for a long time given his attention
almost exclusively to buying and selling land, being
one of the most extensive dealers in the state. In
politics he acts with the Democratic party, was a
member of the board of selectmen for a number
of years, has held other town offices and represented

Colebrook in the lower house of the states legisla-

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