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Marv and Abigail.

(IV) Samuel Selley, fifth child and second son
of Benoni and Elenor (Getchell) Selley, was born

April 19, 171 1. He married Martha , and

they had six children: Benjamin, Thomas, Jona-
than, Mehitable, Elinor and Mary.

(V) Benjamin Cilley, eldest child of Samuel
and Martha Selley, was born in 1744, and died in
Weare, in iSri or 1812. He married, May 19, 1771,
Elizabeth Edmonds, of Salisbury, Massachusetts,
who was born in 1731. Their children, born in
Weare, were: Polly, July 31, 1772; Betsey, July
17, ^n^; Sally, August 6, i774; Benjamin, 1775;
Jonathan, 1776; and Jerry D., 1778.

(VI) Benjamin (2), fourth child and eldest
son of Benjamin (i) and Elizabeth (Edmonds)
Cilley, was born September 4, 1775, in Weare. He
was twice married. His first wife was a Miss Bean.
He had five sons : Stephen, Moses, Madison, Ben-
jamin. Ezra. .

(VII) Benjamin (3), fourth son of Benjamin
(2) Cilley, was born in Newbury, where he fol-
lowed farming throughout the active years of his
life, dying at the age of thirty. He married Car-
oline Peasley, who bore him one child, Ezra.

(VIII) Ezra, only child of Benjamin (3) and
Caroline (Peasley) Cilley, was born September
12, 1835, died September 24, 1905, aged seventy.
He was a prosperous farmer, and was much in
public life. For seventeen years he was chairman
of the board of selectmen, and was twice represen-
tative of the general court. In politics he was a
Democrat, but in 1871 was the unanimous choice
of both parties for representative. He was an at-
tendant of the Universalist Church. He was a
noble grand of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and later was a deputy grand master of
the order. He married Laura L. Morse, daughter
of Captain Joseph Morse. They had four children :
Joseph E. (died young). Wesley E., engaged in the
census department in Washington, District of Co-
lumbia. He married Mary Bly, of Newbur}', New
Hampshire, and they have two children : Alice B.
and Jay W.. Carrie B., died in infancy. Alman
Benjamin, see forward.

(IX) Almon Benjamin, third son and fourth
child of Ezra and Laura L. (Morse) Cilley, was
born in Newbury, New Hampshire, May 7, 1865.
He was a farmer boy, and acquired his early edu-
cation in the public schools. He was employed as
a clerk by his brother, Wesley E., in a country
store; was stitcher in a shoe factory; clerk in
the United States railway mail service. In 1896
he became a solicitor in Boston for the United
States Casualty Company of New York. He rose
by unremitting industry to the position of general
agent for the company in Boston, and held that
position six years. He then resigned and in 1906
went to England, where he was successful in in-
ducing the Norwich and London Accident Insur-
ance Assocation of Norwich, England, to enter the
United States for business, and secured for him-
self the appointment of manager for the United
States, with the chief American office in Boston.
His success in the insurance business from the start
has been exceptional, but it is all due to the energy
and good judgment which he has given to the
work. He is an untiring worker, and his judgment
of men, in the selection of agents and other assist-
ants, is conceded to be rarely equalled in this coun-

iv — 50

try, and he knows how to secure the most work
out* of the men around him. His methods are clean,
and he Tias the faculty of infusing into his agents
nuich of the energy which animates him. He is a
member in high standing in the following named
divisions of the Masonic. Order : St. Peter's Lodge,
No. 31, Free and Accepted Masons, of Brad-
ford, New Hampshire (now senior warden
of this lodge) ; St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, of
Boston, (now master of the third veil in this chap-
ter) ; Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters;
De Molay Commandery, No. 7, Knights Templar;
Massachusetts Consistory, Sublime Princes of the
Royal Secret, of the thirty-second degree; Aleppo
Temple, of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine, of Boston. He is also a mem-
ber of Massassecum Lodge, Independent Order of
O.dd Fellows, of Bradford, New Hampshire, of
which he is past noble grand. New Hampshire Club
of Boston, and Boston City Club.

Mr. Cilley married, January 7, 1888, Bertha J.
Cressy, who was born in Bradford, New Hamp-
shire, daughter of Mason Cressy, of Bradford.
They have one child, Arnold Benjamin, born July
9, 1907. at Boston, Massachusetts.

(Preceding Generations on Pages 593-4.)

(Ill) Joseph, third son of Daniel
CHENEY and Sarah (Bayley) Cheney, bap-
tized in Newbury, April 9, 1682, mar-
ried (first), Sarah, daughter of Noah and Theodo-
cia (Jackson) Wiswall. She died June 27, 1718,
and he married (second), October 12, 1721, Abigail,
daughter of James and Margaret (Atherton)
Trowbridge, and widow of James Greenwood. The
town made Joseph Cheney a subordinate officer in
1 714, constable and collector in 1723, and selectman
in 1741. In 1744 he was chosen member of a com-
mittee "to fill up vaquent Room in the Meeting-
house" so as to ''give men their Dignity in their
setting, in proportion to what they pay to the Min-
ister's Rate." He died May 2, 1749. His children
were : Sarah, Judith, Hannah, Joseph and James.

(IV) James, youngest son and child of Joseph
and Sarah (Wiswall) Cheney, was born in New-
ton, May I, 1716. Married (first), January 10, 1740,
Sybil, daughter of Ebenezer and Lydia Littlefield,
born November i, 1714, and died May 19, 1743. He
married (second), May 31, 1745, Elizabeth Toser.
He lived first in Newton, where he filled several
town offices and about 1760 removed to Dedham.
His will, made January 29, 1766, was admitted to
probate March 7 following. His children were:
Sarah, Lydia, Jonathan, Sybil, James, Elizabeth,
Esther, John, Olive, Joseph, Abigail and Hannah.

(V) Joseph, tenth child of James and Sybil
(Littlefield) Cheney, was born in 1761, and died at
the home of his son, Rev. Martin Cheney, of Olney-
ville, Rhode Island, in 1834. He enlisted in Captain
Battle's company of Colonel Mcintosh's regiment,
December II, 1776, and served nineteen days at Castle
Island. His home was in the fourth parish of Dedham,
afterward incorporated as Dover, Massachusetts. May
5. 1778, an order was granted to James and Joseph
Cheney and Nathaniel Mellen for one hundred and
fifty days guarding Burgoyne's troops, twenty-eight
pounds each. His name was on the LTnited States
pension roll in Hillsborough county. New Hamp-
shire, in 1819, and in that for Norfolk county, Mas-
sachusetts, April 12. 1833, having a pension of $37.98
per annum. Joseph Cheney married, March 23,
1782, Susannah Wadsworth, and had four children:
Joseph, Martin, Polly and Lucy.

(VI) Lucy, daughter and youngest child of



Joseph and Susannah (Waclsworth) Cheney, was
born in Dover, Massachuscltc, November 9, 1800,
and died March 21, 185 1. She married, December
29, 1825, Jonathan Munroe Wihnarth (see Wil-
marth) and had eight children.

(Preceding Generations on Page 616.)

(Ill) Jonathan, eighth child and
BLAISDELL fifth son of Henry and Mary
(Hodsdon) Blaisdell, was born in
Amesbury, October 11, 1676, and was a blacksmith
by occupation. He succeeded to his father's home-
stead, located in that part of Salisbury which in
1668 was incorporated as the town of Amesbury.
He taught school and served in various town of-
fices, and was a man of prominence in the commun-
it3^ He was dead before November 28, 174S, as
administration on his estate was granted at that
time. His real estate was divided in 1750. He
married Hannah Jameson, and they had : Mar}^,
Daniel, Anne, Elijah, Jonathan, David, Enoch,
Samuel, Hannah, Elizabeth and Henry.

(IV) Jonathan (2), fifth child and third son of
Jonathan, (i) 'i"d Hannah (Jameson) Blaisdell, was
born in Amesbury, August 15, 1709. He removed
to Kingston, New Hampshire, in 1731, and pur-
chased nineteen acres of land, upon which he
erected a dwelling. He was a blacksmith, and about
1731 built iron works in East Kingston with Wil-
liam Whittier. He renewed the covenant in the
First Amesbury Church, January 25, and was re-
ceived in full communion, February I, 1736. His
wife Hannah was baptized November 23, 1735, at
Kingston, and both were admitted to the East
Kingston Church. October 4, 1739. He bought land
on Powwow river in Kingston in 1735-36, and
1753. He sold one-eighth of the upper iron works
at Trickling Falls, Kingston, in 1762 ; bought and
sold land in Epping Parish, Exeter, 1747 snd 1763,
and in Nottingham in 1748 and 1753. He signed the
association test in 1776. His will was made May
18, 1781, and probated January 29, 1782. He was
a man of wealth and influence, was justice of the
peace and filled other town offices. August 15,
173I, he married, in Amcsburj', Hannah Jones. It
was probably the children of this Jonathan who
changed the spelling of the family name from
Blesdale, to Blaisdell, as after this time the latter
form appears exclusively in the records. The chil-
dren of Jonathan and Hannah were : Henry, (died
young), a child, Henry, a child, Mary, Jonathan,
Abner, Ebenezer, Hannah (died young), Elizabeth
and Hannah.

(V) Henry, third child of Jonathan and Han-
nah (Jones) Blaisdell, was born in East Kingston,
about 1736. He was a blacksmith and resided in
Kingston, East Kingston, Tamworth, and Eaton.
He died in Tamworth about 1825, aged eighty-nine
years. He married (first), November 22, 1758, ac-
cording to the East Kingston church records, Mary
Currier, daughter of John and Ruth Currier, of
Kingston. She died July 17, 1770, aged twenty-
eight years. Married (second), March 4, 1772, as
stated in the Hawke church records, Sarah DollofTe,
of Hawke. She died in 1760. Married (third),
Decemb.r 20, 1778, Kingston church records,
widow Hannah Ross, of Brentwood, who died De-
cember 20, 1788. Married (fourth), September 29,
1792, Hannah Nicholson. His children were:
Rhoda. Abner (probably), James and others.

(VI) James, son of Henry and Hannah (Ross)
Blaisdell, was born September 20. 1779, and died
January 4, 1851. He settled in Tamworth, May

ID, 1802, and married Abigail Stetson, who died
May 28, 1846.

(VII) Stetson, son of James and Abigail (Stet-
son) Blaisdell, was born in 1810. He married Sallv
Emery, daughter of Rev. James Emery.

(VIII) Hannah, daughter of Stetson and Sally
(Emery) Blaisdell, was born in Tamworth. July 15,
1835, and died March 9, 1906. She married Francis
Hubbard Lord. (See Lord, VII).

(Preceding Generations on Pages 515-16.)

(VI) Albert G., youngest child of
BARTON John and Achsah (Lovering) Bar-
ton, was born 1825, in Croydon, and
was reared in that town. He became a farmer and
was industrious and successful and accumulated a
large estate. He married Zilpha Sherman.

(VII) Seth, only son of Albert and Zilpha
(Sherman) Barton, was born January 29, 1859, on
the homestead in Croydon, which is now a part of
Corbin Park. He was educated in the public
schools of Croydon, and at Colby Academy, New
London. He was early accustomed to the labors of
the farm, and made agriculture his occupation until
twenty-eight years of age. On attaining his ma-
jority he purchased a farm of two hundred acres in
Croydon, most of which he afterwards sold to form
a part of Corbin Park. Having acquired the car-
penter's trade he let the farm in 1887 and removed
to Newport, where he . was employed in building
operations. Among the buildings in the erection
of which he was engaged, was the popular summer
hotel Grandladen, on Lake Sunapee. He has aided
in the construction of a large number of buildings
in and about Newport. He has taken an active part
in the life of the town and has been a member of
its fire department several years. While a resi-
dent of Croydon he was chairman of the school
board of that town in 1887. He is an ardent Re-
publican in political principle, and a very industrious
man. A good mechanic, he has been able to secure
a competency through his own labors. He was
married, June 2, 1S81, to Francelia. daughter of
Elon and Polly Lovilla (Hardy) Cutting, of Croy-
don. (See Cutting, VII). She was born March
31, 1S57, in Unity, New Hampshire. Seth Barton
and wife are the parents of one daughter, Mary
Barton, born December 7, 1885, who graduated
from the Newport high school in the class of 1903,
and subsequently pursued a course in a Boston
business college. She was married, November 24,
1904, to Leslie Marshall, of Newport, and they
have one daughter, Marion Francelia, born April
12, 1906, named after her two grandmothers.

(IV) Peter, youngest child of Bezaleel and
Phebe (Carlton) Barton, was born after 1760, in
Sutton, Massachusetts.

(V) Bezaleel (2) Barton, married Hannah
Powers and resided in Croydon, New Hampshire.

(VI) Levi Winter, son of Bezaleel (2) and
Hannah (Powers) Barton, was born in Croydon,
New Hampshire, March i, 1818, and died in New-
port, New Hampshire, March 10, 1899. When he
was a boy the advantages of even the common
schools were beyond his reach, and his earlv educa-
tion was restricted to the short terms of the winter
season, and then with occasional interruptions until
he was eighteen years old, after which for several
terms he was a student in the academy at Unity,
New Hampshire. After attaining his majority lie
determined upon a thorough collegiate training and
education, and to that end took a preparatory
course at Kimball Union Academy, later entered




Dartmouth College, and graduated from that insti-
tution in 1848. During his senior year in college
he studied law with the Hon. Daniel Blaisdell, of
Hanover, New Hampshire, and after graduating con-
tinued his law studies in the office of Jonathan Kitt-
redge, of Canaan, New Hampshire, afterward chief
justice of the court of common pleas of the state. In
connection with his law studies in Canaan he
taught school five terms, and after removing to
Newport in January, 1851, he completed his course
of law reading with Metcalf & Corbin, and in July
of the same year was admitted to practice.

Having come to the bar, Mr. Barton at once
entered actively into professional life and soon came
to be recognized among the foremost lawyers of
Sullivan county. He was law partner with Hon.
Ralph Metcalf at the time of his election as gov-
ernor of New Hampshire, in 1855 ; and like most
of the lawyers of his day he took an earnest interest
in political affairs, and from 1855 to 1S58 was
register of deeds of Sullivan county. In 1859 he
"became county solicitor and served in that capacity
five years. In 1863-64-75-76-77 he represented New
port in the general assembly, and served as mem-
ber of the judiciary committee, being chairman of
the committee for five years. He served as state
senator in 1867 and 1868. In 1863 he was a candi-
date for the office of attorney_ general of New
Hampshire, and in 1866 was chairman of the board
of commissioners appointed by the governor to
audit and report the indebtedness of the several
towns of the state growing cn.it of the Civil war.

Mr. Barton was a member of the constitutional
convention of 1876, and in the same year was a
presidential elector on the Republican national
ticket. He declined the office of bank commis-
sioner of the state, to which he was appointed by
Governor Harriman. In 1877 he_ was a meniber of
the commission appointed to revise and codify the
laws of the state, and performed the duties of that
.position. Twice he sought the Republican nomina-
tion for a seat in the national house of representa-
tives, but each time was defeated in the conven-
tion. ' Throughout his entire professional career he
was interested in farming pursuits, and devoted
much of his leisure to stock raising, fruit growing
and farming generally. Much of his time during
the later years of his life was spent on one or other
of his farms. In 1839 Mr. Barton married Mary A.
Pike, of Newport, who died in 1840, leaving an in-
fant son. He married (second). August 25, 1852,
Elizabeth F. Jewett, of Nashua, New Hampshire.
His children, by both marriages, were : Ira McL.,
Herbert J., Charles Fremont, Ralph Winter, Lean-
der M., Florence Frances, Natt Lincoln and Jesse
Marston Barton. More detailed stories of the_ ca-
j-eer — as well as the genealogies — of Levi Winter
Barton may be found in "Successful Men of
New Hampshire," "The Granite Monthly" and
"History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties."

(VII) Ira McL. Barton, son of Levi W. and
Mary A. (Pike) Barton, was born in Newport. New
Hampshire, March it, 1840, and died in that town
January 19, 1876, after an active and honorable but
all too brief career as a brave soldier and brilliant
lawyer. He was given a good early education, and
at the age of seventeen years began teaching and
taught with excellent success in the towns of New-
port, Claremont and Alstead, New Hampshire. He
fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy, and in
1858 entered Daitmouth College for the class of
1862. but left before graduation and took up the
study of law in his father's office. In 1863 he was
admitted to practice.

At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Barton was
the first Sullivan county man to enlist, and al-
though only twenty-one years old at the time, he
soon raised a company of volunteers for the three
months' service, which was mustered in as Com-
pany E, First New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry,
he being commissioned its captain, while the regi-
mental command was given to Colonel Tappan. At
the expiration of its term of service the company
was mustered out, many of its men, however, re-en-
listing, and at once afterward Captain Barton re-
cruiting another company, of which he was captain,
and which was mustered in as Company E, Fifth
New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, afterward
known throughout the army as the "Fighting Fifth"
of New Hampshire. After serving in the peninsu-
lar campaign under McClellan, during which he
took part in the fight at Fair Oaks, the Seven Days'
Fight and the subsequent retreat to Harrison's
Landing, where he won the warm commendation of
his superior officers, Captain Barton resigned his
commission on account of sickness and disabilities,
and returned to his home in Newport. However,
as soon as he was again able to enter the service he
recruited a company of heavy artillery — Company
B — which he commanded and took to the front, be-
ing stationed first at Fort Constitution and later at
Fort Foote, near Washington. During the summer
of 1864 he was sent back to New Hampshire to re-
cruit a regiment of heavy artillery, which he did
with commendable promptness, and as promptly
Governor Gilmore commissioned him lieutenant-
colonel. This command was stationed at Fort Sum-
ner, in the defenses of Washington, and was on
duty there at the time of the assassination of Pres-
ident Lincoln and until the close of the war.

After the war Colonel Barton received an ap-
pointment as second lieutenant in the regular army,
and while stationed at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was
promoted first lieutenant. At the end of two years
he resigned his commission and accepted an ap-
pointment as district attorney for the tenth district
of Arkansas, and afterward was appointed judge of
the criminal court of Jefferson county in the same
state. He served in the latter capacity two years,
then resigned and took a partnership interest in and
the editorship of the Jeffcrsonian Republican, a
weekly paper published at Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
However, having fought a good fight in a memor-
able gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas, Colonel
Barton disposed of his newspaper interests in the
west and returned to Newport, In December, 1875,
he_ resumed the general practice of law in partner-
ship with his father, which relation was continued
until the death of the junior partner, January 19,

Colonel Barton married (first), in 1861, Helen
M. Wilcox, of Newport, who died. He married,
(second), Addie L. Barton, of Ludlow, Vermont.
(VIII) Jesse Morton, son of Colonel Levi Win-
ter Barton and Elizabeth F. (Jewett) Barton, was
born in Newport, New Hampshire, January 21,
T870, and received his earlier education in the pub-
lic schools of that town. Like his father,
he laid the foundation of his classical edu-
cation at Kimball Union Academy, then entered
Dartmouth College and graduated from that famous
institution with the class of '92, and during this
course he taught school to pay his way through col-
lege. After leaving college he be^n teaching and
for the next several years filled a pedagogue's chair
with gratifying success, first in the grammar school
at Penacook, then three years as principal of the
Simonds Free High School at Warner, New Hamp-,



shire, and afterward for a year in a select school
in Chicago, Illinois. In the fall of 1897 he matri-
culated at Boston University Law School, and in
connection with his course there studied law under
the direction of A. S. Wait, Esq., of the Sullivan
county bar, and also in the office of his own fa-
ther. In Alarch, 1899, Judge Barton was admitted
to practice in the courts of New Hampshire, and
since that time has been actively identified with the
professional and political life of his native county.
In 1901-02 he represented the town of Newport in
the New Hampshire legislature, and in 1903 was
a member of the state constitutional convention. In
January, 1906, he was appointed probate judge_ of
Sullivan county, which office he now holds. He is a
member of the New Hampshire State Bar Associa-
tion, and of the order of Free and Accepted Ma-
sons, a member of the Chapter, and also of the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows. Judge Barton
is one of the trustees of the Newport Savings Bank
and Richard's Free Library. He takes an active
interest in the work of the Methodist Episcopal
Church of Newport and is one of its board of trus-

(Preceding Generations on Page 711.)

(Ill) Jacob, fifth child and third
MORRILL son of Isaac and Phoebe (Gill)
Morrill, was born in Salisbury, Mas-
sachusetts, May 25, 1677. The date of his death is
unknown. His will was dated December i, 1750. and
probated March 25, 1754. He was a soldier in Cap-
tain Henry True's company, which went to Exeter,
July 5, 1710. He married (first), December 4, 1701,
at Salisbury, Elizabeth Stevens, daughter of Lieu-
tenant John and Joanna (Thorn) Stevens. She
was born February 14, 1678, but the date of her
death is also unknown. He married (second), Jan-
uary 5, 1723, Elizabeth Dalton. His twelve children,
all by the first wife, were: Jonathan, Joanna (died
young), Abraham, Samuel, Joanna, Ruth, Jacob,
Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Isaac, Judith and Sarah.

(IV) Abraham, third child and second son of
Jacob and Elizabeth (Stevens) Morrill, was born in
Salisbury, Massachusetts, December 22, 1703. He
was of the West Parish and is called "husband-
man." He was baptized and signed the covenant
in December. 1721, and was admitted to the second
Salisbury Church, January 7, 1728, and signed him-
self senior after 1731. He died August 15, 1757.
His will, executed August 6, was probated October
17, 1757. He married (first), May 15, 1729, at Salis-
bury, Eleanor True, who was born in Salisbury,
November 4, 1705, baptized June 16, 1706, and died
March 26, 1745. She was the daughter_ of William
and Eleanor (Stevens) True, of Salisbury. He
married, (second), June 30, 1747, Mary Currier,
who died, perhaps July 2, 1788. The children were
all by the first wife and named as follows: Wil-
liam, Abraham, Zebedee, Eleanor and Jabez.

(V) William, eldest son of Abraham (2) and
Eleanor (True) Morrill, was born in Salisbury,
April 21, 1735, and baptized in the Second Salisbury
Church, May 4, 1735. He removed to Brentwood,
New Hampshire, where he was a man of conse-
quence and filled various official positions. He
signed the association test in 1776. He was select-
man of Brentwood, a justice of the peace for many
years, and a daputy from that town to the fourth
Provincial congress which met at Exeter, May 17,
1775. He married Lydia Trask and among his
children was William.

(VI) Captain William (2), son of William (i)
and Lydia (Trask) Morrill, was born in Brentwood,

New Hampshire, and died August 27, 1838. He
was a prominent citizen and business man of Brent-
wood, represented the town -in the state legislature^
and filled important local offices, including that of
selectman. He married (first), Mary Gordon, of
Brentwood, who died May 26, 1799, aged thirty-one
years and six days. He married (second), Eliza-

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