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ture for the years 1867 and 1871. He is now the
senior member of Eastern Star Lodge, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons, having been admitted to that
])0(ly in t86i, is a member of North Star Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons of Lancaster, and also belongs
to the Knights of Pythias. His religious affiliations
arc with the Congregationalists.

Mr. Lombard was married February 7, 1863, to
Ellen L. Merrill, a native of Woodstock. New
Hampshire, daughter of Hon. Sherburne R. Mer-
rill, and a descendant of Nathaniel Merrill, who
settled at Newlniry, Massachusetts, in 1634 (which
see). Mr. and ]\Irs. Lombard have two sons, Dar-
win and Lyman, who are now engaged in mercan-
tile business at Colebrook under the firm name of
Lombard Brothers. Darwin married Rosa Capen,
a native of Vermont, and they have had three chil-
dren : Ruth, who died in infancy; Ellen, born in
1894: and Isabel, born in 1900. died in looi. Lyman
married Angle Marshall, daughter of George Fay-
ette Marshall, of Colebrook. Their children are:
Merrill Erastus, born in 1894 ! 'I'ld Marshall Lyman,
born in 1898.

The names of Marlile, Marable and
AIARBLE Marvel are proba1)ly derived from

the same source, but which of them
was the original cannot be definitely determined.
The family is of English origin' and includes among
its representatives the inventor of calico-printing.
The posterity of William of Charlestown, Joseph
of Andover. Gershom of Hingham, Nicholas of
Gloucester, John of Boston and Samuel of Salem,
who settled there early in the colonial period, con-
stitutes the various branches of the family in Amer-
ica. Samuel married Rebecca Andrews and his son
Freegrace became one of the original settlers in
Sutton, Worcester county, Massachusetts. The
maiden name of his wife was Mary L. Sibley, and
she bore him three sons : Samuel, ]\Ialachi and
Enoch. John Marble, eldest son of Enoch, was
born in Sutton in 1751, and participated in the 1)at-
tle of Bunker Hill. In 1794 he went to Dixfield,
Oxford county, Maine, as a pioneer. Loammi
Marble, mentioned in the succeeding paragraph,
belonged to the Dixfield branch of the family.

(I) Loammi Marble, a descendant of Free-
grace of Sutton, Massachusetts, a native of Wor-
cester (date of birth not at hand) went from there
to Dixfield, Maine, where he engaged in farming,
and resided in that town for the rest of his life.
He married Flarriet Barnard and reared a family.

(II) Barnard L., son of Loammi and Harriet
(Barnard) Marble, was born in Dixfield in 1821.
His early life was spent at the homestead but be-
coming tired of the monotony of farm life he sought
a more congenial occupation and finally became pro-
prietor of a hotel in ]\Taine, which he conducccd suc-
cessfully for a numlicr of years. Fle was a pro-slav-
ery Democrat and a man of pronounced opinions,
entertaining at his home the famous seces-
sionist leader, Jefferson Davis, during the bitter's
visit to Maine, and although practically surrounded
bv abolitionists he displayed the courage of his con-
victions by openly sympathizing with the Confeder-
ate cause during the rebellion. He served as post-
master and his death occurred in Di.xfield in 1892.
He married Lucy Trask Abbott, who became the
mother of five children.

(III) Henry Marble, M. D., son of Barnard L.
and Lucy T. "(Abbott) Marble, was born in Dix-
field September 5, 1848. His early education was
completed at the Norwich (Vermont) Universit^^



and liis ])r()fcssioi;ial ijrrparations were concluded at
the Maine Medical Scliool, from whicli he was
graduated in 1870, being twenty-one years old and
the youngest mcm])cr of his class. Locating in
Auburn, Maine, he practiced medicine there lor ten
years or until failing health caused him to seek an
occupation wdiercin he would be less exposed to the
inclemency of the weather, and he accordingly
established himself in the drug business at Gorham,
New Hampshire. At the expiration of three years,
with renewed health made possible by the invigorat-
ing atmosphere of that locality, he resumed the
practice of his profession in (iorham and has ever
since continued it with gratifying success. Dr.
Marble is not only an able medical practitioner, but
is a progressive citizen as well, and evinces a pro-
found interest in all matters relative to the welfare
and progress of the community. While residing in
Auburn he represented that city in the Maine legis-
lature and, as a member of that body in 1879, the
year in which occurred the famous political move-
ment known as the "state steal," he was largely in-
strumental in bringing to an amicable settlement a
contest which threatened to produce serious re-
sults. Since settling in Gorham he has served on
the board of United States pension examiners for
twelve years; was chairman of the board of edu-
cation for nine years and for the past ten years
has rendered excellent service upon the board of
health. He is a member of the Maine State and the
Androscoggin County Medical societies; the New
Hampshire State and the Coos County Medical
societies, and is well advanced in the Masonic Or-
der, belonging to the Blue Lodge in Dixficld, the
Royal Arch Chapter in Berlin, the council of
Royal and Select Masters in Lewiston, and the
commandery of Knights Templar in that city. In
his religious belief he is a Universalist.

]")r. Mar])le married Mercy Littlefield, daughter
of Thomas Littlefield, who at one time held the
office of sheriff of Androscoggin county aufl was
elected the first mayor of Auburn. Dr. and Mrs.
Marble have two children : Thomas L., who is
now practicing law in l^erlin, this state; and Laura
K., now the wife of Walter Weston.

This family is among the early Mas-
BUSWELL sachusetts stock and has numerous

representatives scattered through-
out the L^nited States. In course of time, like many
other American names, ,it has undergone many
modifications in spelling. In sections of New
Hampshire are many who spell the name Busiel, in
other sections it is spelled Buzzell, but the major
portion of the tribe probably maintain the original
spelling, as given at the head of this article. They
have all been noted for their sturdy character, their
industry, intelligence and moral worth.

(I) Isaac Buswell was a weaver of Salisbury.
Massachusetts, born about 1502, without doubt, in
England. He was made a freeman of Salisbury in
1640 and received land in the first division in that
year and is again mentioned as townsman in 1650.
His death, July 8, 1683. is found in the Salisbury
records. His will was dated .Anril 9, t68o, and was
proven September 25, 1638. The christian name of
his wife was Margaret. She died September 29,
1642, in Salisbury, and about 1644, he married Su-
sannah (surname unknown). She died March 27,
1677. in Salisbury. The first wife was the mother
of three children and the second, two, namely:
William, Phoebe, Samuel, Mary and Isaac.

(II) Samuel, second son and third child of

Isaac and Margaret IjUswcH, was born about 1628,
probably in England. He was a resident of Salis-
bury in 1662, and probably as late as 1669, and
appears to have resided for a short time in An-
dover. At the time of his death, he resided in
Bradford, Mas.sachusetts. He was a planter or hus-
bandman and according to Savage, may have lived
in Marblehead for a short time, in 1667. His death
occurred previous to July 27, 1704, when his will
was proven. In that instrument, mention is made
of his wife, Sarah, and her brother, Solomon Keyes
of Chelmsford and John Boynton of Bradford, who
were overseers of his estate. He was married, in
July, 1656, to Sarah Keyes, who probalily survived
him. Their children were: Isaac, John, Samuel,
William. Robert, James. Mary and Joseph.

(HI) Isaac (2), eldest child of Samuel and
Sarah (Keyes) Buswell, was born August 6, 1657,
in Salisbury, and was a w'caver in that town. He
was made a freeman in 1690 and died July t6,
1709. His estate was administered in August, fol-
lowing his death, and was divided in 1718. He was
married about 1690 to Anna Ordway. who was ad-
mitted a member of the Salislniry Church, October
2.q, 1719. She was married February 21, 1723, to
William Baker, of Ipswich. The children of Isaac
and Anna (Ordway) Buswell, were: Isaac, Daniel,
William, John, Samuel, James and Hannah.

(IV) Isaac (3), eldest child of Isaac (2) and
Anna (Ordway) Buswell, was born January 5,
1692, in Salisbury and continued to reside in that
town for many years. He was a weaver by occu-
pation and was noted for the beautiful patterns
of table linen and coverlets which he produced' be-
ing handsome both in color and design. He died in
1778, in Salisbury. His children were : Jonathan,
James. Benjann'n, Moses and Betty. The first re-
moved to Wells, Maine, the second to Hopkinton,
New Hampshire and the fourth to Sunapce, same
state. 1"he third son continued to reside in Salis-
bury. The daughter became the wife of Captain
Pike of Salisbury, who distinguished hiniself at the
battle of Bunker Hill. Another daughter, whose
name is not known, married a Sawyer of Haver-

(V) Benjamin, third son of Isaac (3) Buswell,
resided on the paternal homestead in Salisbury, tic
was a carpenter* and cabinet maker and some ex-
cellent specimens of his work are preserved by his
descendants. Among these, is a desk which he con-
structed previous to 1775, now in the town of Hop-
kinton, New Hampshire. He was among the Min-
ute Men of the Revolution and served at Bunker
Hill. He died in August, 1776. He had six chil-
dren: Hannah. Elizabeth, Mary, Sally, Benjamin
and Elizabeth.

(VI) Benjamin (2), fifth child and only son of
Beniamin (i) Buswell, was born August 25, 1766,
in Salisbury, and soon after attaining his maiority,
about 1787, he removed to Concord, New Hamp-
shire. For sometime, he was employed at West
Concord by Lieutenant Ezekiel Carter and subse-
quently bought a large tract of land in Hopkinton
-which he cleared and on which he built a house.
He was a very industrious and jcnergetic man and
this building with the chimney was constructed by
himself without the aid of any skilled mechanic.
He was a very successful farmer and a prominent
representative citizen of Hopkinton. He made a
special study of horses and was a skilled veterin-
ary and also practiced the healing art much among
his neighbors of the human family. He died June
I, 1851, much lamented by his neighbors and con-



temporaries. He married Joanna, daughter of
I'^zckicl Carter, (see Carter, IV, second family) and
they moved to their new home on Christmas day,
1790. For more than sixty years he resided in that
house. They were the parents of twelve children,
mcluding the following : John, Carter, Samuel
Smith, Andrew, Moses, Jane, Katherine, Rhuey,
Elenor, Elizabeth and Judith. All the sons settled
in the vicinity of their native home. The first
daughter above named, married Marshall Richard-
son and lived on Beech Hill, in Hopkinton. Kath-
erine became the wife of Edwin Terry, and lived on
Horse Hill. Elenor was the wife of Eli Lamprey,
of West Concord and Judith married Nathan Da-
vis, of Davisville in the town of Warner. The other
daughters died unmarried. The list above given, is
not supposed to be in the order of birth.

(VII) Samuel Smith, son of Benjamin (2) and
Joanna (Carter) Buswell, was born on the western
iiorder of the town of Concord and passed his life
there, engaged largely in farming. He was also
something of a carpenter and engaged much in the
practice of medicine. He was an officer of the
militia and was a man of affairs, generally. During
his last years, he was a member of the Episcopal
Church. In politics, he was a Democrat. He was
married in 1854, to Deborah Elder, who was born
in East Machias, Maine, daughter of Charles and
Mary Esther (Lowry) Elder. She survived him,
and now resides with her youngest daughter in
Concord. Their children are accounted for as fol-
lows : Lorin Webster resides in Newbury, Ver-
mont, where he is engaged in the lumbering busi-
ness ; Mary Esther, resides in Hopkinton near her
native spot ; Josephine is the wife of Abraham Bur-
gois, of Peterboro ; Emma is the wife of Erbon
Hall, of Bow. Frank is in San Francisco, Califor-
nia; Rhuey fills a desirable business position in Bos-
ton : Maud Davis, is the wife of Leon F. Shallis",
residing in Concord.

A master workman, a master builder
DOWST and a master of himself, a friend

of all honest men and women,
and a doer of things "strictly on the square ;"
in fact. an exemplar of Masonry in its
highest aspects — these were the main traits in the
massive character of the late Frank Dowst. which
made him one of the foremost, as well as most be-
loved men in the Granite state. He possessed the
character of granite — substantial and massive, yet
showing a warmth and richness of coloring as its
most marked outward characteristics.

Mr. Dowst was a native of Allenstown, New
Hampshire, born on the 3rd of April. 1850, and was
a son of Henry and Hannah Dowst. pioneers of the
town and splendid types of New Englanders. The
farm nn which he was born has been in the posses-
sion of the family for a period of one hundred and
fifteen years, and his father, now eighty-seven years
of age, -with his sister, Nettie L. Dowst, still reside
on the historic homestead. Frank attended the .W-
lentown schools until he was seventeen years of age,
when he entered the cmjjloy of Mead & Mason, of
Concord, a prominent firm of builders and contract-
nrs. Duriiig his connection of three years with them
he not only became a thorough carpenter, but a use-
ful factor in the carrying out of the various con-
tracts prosecuted by the firm. For nearly a year he
was identified with the erection of the Soldiers'
Home at Togus, Maine. At the conclusion of his
service with Mead & Mason he returned home and
completed his education at the Pembroke Academy,

and in July, 1871, soon after attaining his majority,
formed a partnership with the late Governor Natt
Head, of Hooksett. under the firm name of Ilcad &
Dowst, and began the business in Manchester which
he finally brought to such fine proportions. The
partnership with Governor Head continued until the
death of the latter in 1883, when his brother, Wil-
liam F. Head, became active in the hrm. In 1891 the
Head & Dowst Company was incorporated, with
Frank Dowst, president, William F. Head, vice-
president, and John Dowst, treasurer. Another
brother, Henry Dowst, was a director.

I'he first building erected by this firm, which be-
came the New Hampshire leaders in the building
and contracting lines, was the Pickering House, of
Manchester, completed in the fall of 187 1. Among
other prominent structures which are the product
of the company's able and honest work may be men-
tioned the Daniel Connor block, Opera House block,
the Government building, the Elliot silk mill, Mc-
Elwain Shoe Company's buildings, the Varney,
Straw, Wilson and High schools, and the passenger
stations at Manchester and Concord.

The deceased was the dominant force in this ex-
tensive business, and as a man of exceptional exe-
cutive ability was also able to successfully control
other large interests. He was president of the Peo-
ple's Gas Light Company, and president and director
of the Elliott Manufacturing Company. Despite
his widely extended interests of a business nature,
be also found time for social afifairs. and was a di-
rector and former vice-president of the Derryfield
Club. Naturally, his temperament drew him forcibly
to Masonry, and many years ago he joined Blazing
Star Lodge. Ancient FVee and Accepted Masons,
of Concord, but when he became a resident of
Manchester he was transferred to Lafayette
Lodge. He was a Thirty-second degree Ma-
son, being a memjjer of Trinity Command-
ery. Knight Templars, Edward Raymond Consistory
of Nashua, and the Mystic Shrine of Boston. In
politics, he was a Democrat, but never held other
than minor local offices. He was too outspoken and
uncompromisingly honest to be a successful poli-

In 1872 the deceased was united in marriage w'ith
Miss Martha Tallant, the ceremony occurring at
Pembroke in 1S72. l"hc wife and their only child,
a daughter, died a numlier of years ago. The sur-
vivors are the father and a sister, already mentioned;
the two brothers noted as partners in the Head &
Dowst Companj', as well as a third brother. George,
of Allenstown; and the elder sister, Mrs. A. L.
Ricker. of Short Falls.

Frank Dowst passed away on the 271 h of No-
vember, 1905, his death following a stroke of para-
lysis, which was the result of an accident sustained
by him several months before. He was a powerful
and healthy man both i)hysically and mentally, and
therefore possessed in a marked degree the spirit of
cheerfulness and hopefulness. He was not only
complete master of his calling, but. as stated by one
of his intimates, "he was incapable of trickery, de-
ceit, sharp practice or meanness of any kind, and he
abominated all who tried to succeed by crookedness.
He w^as the most modest and democratic of men. Lie
never sought an office. He never desired promi-
nence outside of his business. He was generous to
a fault. He was public-spirited, and he was the
most loyal and profuse of friends and the most
delightful of associates. He did a great deal to
make Manchester what she is, and for what he did
for those who were fortunate enough to be inti-



mately connected with liim, there is no measure.
Yesterday there was but one Frank Dowst. There
is none now."

(For ancestry, see page 257.)

(II) Benjamin, fifth son of Anthony

MORSE and Mary Morse, was born March 4,

1640, in Newbury, and resided in that

town where he was living in 1707, together

with liis wife. He was made a freeman in

1673, and subscribed to the oath of fidelity and

allegiance in 1668, and again in 1678. Both he and

his wife were members of the Js^ewbury Church

in 1674. lie was married, August 27, 1667, to Rudi

Sawyer, and their children were: Benjamin, Ruth,

Joseph, William, Sarah (died young), Philip, Sarah,

Ann, Esther, Hannah, Iviary and Samuel.

(III) Benjanlin (2), eldest child of Benjamin (i)
and Ruth (Sawyer) Morse, was born August 24,
1668, in Newbury, and was a weaver by occupation,
residing in that town where he died October 25,
1743. His will which was made on February 4, of
the previous year, was probated November 7, fol-
lowing his death. He was married, January 28,
1692, in Newbury, to Susanna, daughter of Abel
and Priscilla (Chase) Merrill, a granddaughter of
Aquilla (2) Chase, and of Nathaniel (i) Merrill.
(See Merrill and Chase.) She was born November
14, 1673, in Newbury, and was the mother of the fol-
lowing children : Abel, Ruth, Priscilla, Judith,
Stephen, iMary, Hannah, Susanna and Benjamin.

(IV) Abel, eldest child of Benjamin (2) and
Susanna (Merrill) Morse, was born October 5,
1692, in Newbury, and settled in Chester, New
Hampshire, before 1742. He purchased several lots
of land there, and also mills, and was a most active
and influential citizen. He was the first represen-
tative admitted into the General Association in 1748.
In 1746 he had the title of Captain. He was married
(first), June 3, 1714, in Bradford, Massachusetts,
to Grace Parker. The name of his second wife has
not been preserved. His children were : Parker,
Abel, Nathan, Josiah, Stephen, Rebecca, Eleanor,
Oliver, Abraham and Susanna. The eldest was a
graduate of Harvard, and became a practicing phy-
sician. The third resided in Moultonborough, New

(V) Josiah, fourth son of Abel and Grace (Par-
ker) Morse, was born in 1721, and resided in Chester,
where he married Mary, daughter of Joseph Chase,
their children were : Mary, Josiah, Anna, Parker,
Joseph, Amos, and perhaps others. (Amos and de-
scendants receive mention in this article).

(VI) Jo.'^eph, third s<in of Josiah and Mary
(Chase) Morse, was born May 12, 1753, in Chester,
and there made his home. He married Mary Ran-
dall, and they were the parents of nine children :
Molly, Rachel, Hannah, Lucy, Joseph, Oliver, Levi,
\Valter and Edmund.

(VH) Joseph (2), fifth child of Joseph (i) and
Mary (Randall) Morse, was born March 20, 1784,
in Chester, and died there October 22, 1862. He
married Phebe D. West, and their children were :
Lavina, Mary, Lucy, Jane, Edmund Hill, Nason
Hovey, Joseph West, Emily, Amos Foster, Har-
riet Foster (died young), Nathan Spalding and
Harriet Elizabeth.

(VIII) Nathan Spalding, tenth child of Joseph
(2) and Phelje D. (West) Morse, was born March
30, 1830, and resided in Chester, where he died
October 23, 1902. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town and at Pembroke Acad-
emy, and was an auctioneer and dealer in real estate,
in connection with farming. He served for many

years as moderator of town meetings, and was a
very active and popular citizen. His activities ex-
tended far outside of his home town, and he was
widely known and esteemed. He was a ready speaker,
noted for witty sayings, and commanded attention
wherever he went. Fie was married, Alay 19, 1853,
to Caroline E. Webster, of Derry. (See Webster,
VIII). Their children were : Roger Spalding, Law-
rence Lee, Morris Webster and Annie Lucy. The
eldest died at the age of twenty-one years. The
second resided in Derry, where he died in his fiftieth
year. The third is a graduate of Pinkerton Academy
and Dartmouth College, and of the Hartford Theo-
logical Seminary. At the latter institution he re-
ceived the Wells' Fellowship, and studied, two years
at Leipsig, Germany. He has filled several pas-
torates in California, Nebraska and Washington,
and is now located at Ilwaco, in the last named state.
The daughter was educated at Pinkerton Academy
and at Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts, and is now
the wife of Charles A. Sprague, of Flaverhill, Massa-

(VI) Amos, son of Abel and Sarah (Chase)
Morse, was born August 7, 1758, in Chester, where
he resided. He married Hannah Blaisdell, of that

(VII) Josiah, son of Amos and Hannah (Blais-
dell) More, was born March 3, 1786, in Chester,
and passed his life in that town, where he married
Lydia Shannon.

(VIII) Josiah D., son of Josiah and Lydia
(Shannon) Morse, was born September 28) 1823,
in Chester, where he made his home. He was mar-
ried, December 31, 1843, to Emeline Robie, of that
town, who was born September 22, 1822. Following
is a brief account of their children : Clara Augusta,
the eldest became the wife of William Thompson,
of Derry, and left no issue; Lavator Onville was
born in 1847, in Chester,, and resided in Maine,
leaving no issue; Oscar Eugene married Abbie A. ,
Sanborn, of Chester, and had children : Herbert
Oscar, Lilla A., Blanche Augusta, and Lena M ;
Irvin Dearborn died when eleven years old; Jennie
Eveline married John F. Green, of Chester, and had
daughters, Gertrude, Jennie and Mildred Emeline;
Sarah Elizabeth became the wife of Brock Dearborn,
of Belmont, New Flampshire, and died in 1906. She
had two sons, William Clark and Clarence Brock.

(IX) William Tappan, youngest child of Josiah
D. and Emeline (Robie) Morse, was born in Chester
August 14, 1857. He was educated in the public
schools of that town, and graduated from Chester
academy in 1880. He tauglit school in Belmont and
served as clerk in a general store in Chester till 1889,
when he moved from Chester to Derry to assume
the duties of editor of The Derry Nczvs, of which
newspaper he had been agent and correspondent for
several years. He is still occupying the position of
editor of that paper and is also doing other work
in journalism. He is a member of the Echo Lodge
of Odd Fellows, and chairman of its board of
trustees. Fie is master of Derry Grange, clerk of
the town school district, of the fire precinct, and of
the Baptist Church. Fie is also interested in the
Board of Trade, being a director, and is always in-
terested in the general welfare of the town.

(Previous Generations on Pages 478-9).

(Ill) Benoni Selley, son of Richard

CILLEY Sealy, was born in Hampton Falls.

and afterward resided in Salisbury and

Seabrook, where he was a farmer. He married

(first), August 28, 1703, Lienor Getchell, who died

June 28, 1736; (second), October 9, 1739, Rachel



Tappan, of Kensington, New Hampshire. His
children by his first wife were : Alehitable, Eliza-
beth. Thomas, Martha, Samuel, Benjamin, Eleanor,
Sarah and Dorcas. By the second wife he had

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