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der Benedict Arnold in the winter of 1775-6. In
relating his experience of that terrible winter he
used to say, "A man is hungry when he can eat his
boots." He became totally blind before his defth,
which occurred at his home in Sutton, New Hamp-
shire, June 2T, 1834, at the age of ninety-four years.
He was a pioneer settler in Sutton, where he cleared
up a farm. He was married December 29, 1776, to
Elizabeth Eaton, who died on the same day that he
did, at the age of eighty-two years. They were
buried in a cemetery at Warner Village, near the
present railroad station. Their children were:
Giles, Joseph, Edward, Daniel, Betsey and Han-

(V) Giles, eldest child of Edward (3) and
Elizabeth (Eaton) Ordway, was born October 4,
1777, in Haverhill. Massachusetts, and was an old-
time carpenter and joiner, which in his day in-
cluded painting and glazing, all the 'work being done
bv handicraft. He moved from Haverhill to Bow,
New Hampshire, about 1820. and to Concord in
1821. He built a set of buildings on the east side
of South street, near Bow line, where both he and
his wife died. He was married December 2, 1802,
to Elizabeth Webster, who was born January 29,
1770, a daughter of James and Mehitable (Rollins)
Webster. (See Webster V). She died October 5,
1834. and he survived her more than twelve years,
passing away May 31, 1847. Their children were:
Eliza, Giles. Webster, Harriet and Albert.

(VI) Eliza, eldest child of Giles and Elizabeth
(Webster) Ordway, was born December 11, 1808,
in Haverhill, and was married September t8, 1826,
to Benjamin (2) Wheeler, of Bow. (See Wheeler

(For Ancestry See Pages 516-18.)

(IV) William, eldest son of
PICKERING Thomas (2) and Mary (Janvrin)
Pickering, was a farmer in New-
ington and Greenland. He was born in 1745. and
died May i6, 1795. He showed the true stock and
spirit of his ancestors, and though not a man who
made a show in life he had a good property, and
his children were brought up to do credit to the
family name. He married Abigail Fabyan, of New-
ington, and had ten children, three of whom, John,
Stephen and Daniel, became residents of Wolfbor-

(V) Daniel, son of William and Abieail (Fa-
byan) Pickering, was born in Greenland, November
22, T795. and died in Wolfborough. February 14.
1856. The following excellent sketch of him is
taken from the History of Carroll County, edited
by Georgia Drew Merrill. He passed his early life
in Greenland, and was educated at the Brackett
Academy of Greenland, and Phillips Exeter Acad-

emy. On arriving at maturity he went to Wolf-
borough, where his brother John had previously
located, and built a hotel, and there at once en-
gaged in merchandising. He was successful, and
soon erected the store at Pickering's Corner, oppo-
site the "Pavilion," and continued in business as a
merchant for thirty-five years. He carried the larg-
est stock of goods in Carroll county, and drew
trade from a territory of thirty miles in radius.
At one time he had three stores in active operation :
that at Wolfborough village, one at Goose Corner,
and one at Tuftonborough. For many years much
of the pay for goods was given in products of the
farm and forests, and Mr. Pickering had many
teams engaged in drawing these to Portsmouth and
returning with the goods. He was a natural sales-
man. It is said that "He was the pleasantest man
that ever waited on a customer," and he made the
hearts of the children glad by his plenteous gifts of
"goodies." He always gave a liberal allowance of
the commodity sold, and the wealth he acquired was
untainted with short weight or false measure, and
the confidence of the community was secured by
his fair dealing. About 1840 he formed a partner-
ship with John N. Brackett, Ira P. Nudd and Moses
Th6mpson to carry on the manufacture of shoes for
Boston parties in connection with merchandising.
The firm was Pickering, Brackett & Company for
two years, when Freeman Cotton succeeded Mr.
Brackett, and the firm name became Pickering, Cot-
ton & Company. The amount of business trans-
acted by Mr. Pickering as a merchant was very
large, and he was also connected with every branch
of commercial activity in the town. He carried on
the manufacture of brick on a large scale. In con-
nection with his brother Stephen he originated and
was a large owner of the Pickering Manufacturing
Company, whose woolen and satinet mills were lo-
cated at Mill Village, now Wolfboro Falls.

He purchased wide tracts of timber land, and
carried on extensive lumbering operations, was one
of the incorporators of the Wolfborough Bank, and
its president, and one of the stock company that
built the steamer "Lady of the Lake." He did much
to develop the growth of the village of Wolfbor-
ough and IMill Village. He owned a tract of land
running from Pickering's Corner to the site of the
Greendon House, and a large farm. He laid out his
land in lots, was willing to sell one at a reasonable
price, and built many houses. He lived to see a
beautiful place spring up as the result of his pub-
lic spirit. He erected a number of buildings in Mill
Village, and aided others to build. He was the
prime mover in the erection of the Pavilion Hotel.
In 1820 he was one of the three persons named in
the act of incorporation of the Wolfborough and
Tuftonborough Academy. He sold the lot for its
site at a very small price, and was later one of the
trustees. The council that organized the Congrega-
tional Church met at his house, and he and his wife
were of the first twelve members. He was devoted
to religion, was a prompt and regular attendant at
all meetings, and contributed freely to build up and
sustain the church and its works. He gave the
lot on which the church stands to the Congrega-
tional Society as long as it should be used for
church purposes, and his house gave bounteous and
open hospitality to its clergymen. He was an "old
line" Whig in politics, and was postmaster for years,
keeping the office in his store. In person he was
somewhat above medium size, with dark hair and
eyes, and while quiet and a man of few words in
business he was very pleasant and social in society,
and every one was at ease in his presence. He was



a kind and considerate employer, a lenient creditor
and benefactor to the poor, and in the circle of his
home was the soul of kindness. A shrewd and far-
seeing financier, he accumulated wealth. He was a
valued adviser in business affairs, and the personifi-
cation of punctuality, promptitude and system in all
transactions. When the lamp of his life went out
suddenly, while going from his some to his store,
the poor lost a friend and the better element of the
community one of its chief pillars.

Daniel Pickering married, June 26, 1822, Sarah
C. Farrar, who was born March 3, 1801, and died
November 12, 1867. daughter of Joseph and IMehita-
ble (Dana) Farrar, of Wolf borough (see Farrar,
VI). They began housekeeping and always lived in
the building erected by John Pickering as a hotel.
Three children were born of this union : Joseph
W., Eliza M. and Caroline D. The first two died
young. Caroline D., born August 10, 1824, married,
January 11, 1848, Charles Rollins, of Boston. (See
Rollins, VII). She died September 2, 1907, at
Wolfborough, New Hampshire.

(Preceding Generations on Page 584.)

(XI) William (4), second son
CARPENTER and child of William (3) and
Abigail Carpenter, was born
1631. in England, and came with his father to
Rehoboth. He was a man of much ability, a val-
uable counselor in the colony and had 'some educa-
tional attainments, as evidenced by his excellent
writings and the good condition and form of the
records kept by him. He was elected town clerk
of Rehoboth, May 13, 1668, and with the exception
of one year continued in that capacity until 1693.
In 1668 he was deputy to the general court, and in
the same year was made deacon of the church. He
was on the committee to settle the boundary be-
tween Taunton and the North Purchase in 1670,
and was one of the proprietors of the North Pur-
-chase and drew IMeadow Lot, May 16, 1668. He
was clerk to the community of the North Purchase
in 1682, and was one of the committee appointed to
sell the meeting house in 1683. In that year he was
•elected surveyor of the North Purchase and laid
out eighty-three fifty-acre lots. By occupation he
was a farmer. His house was located on a rise of
land on the left of the road leading from the East
Providence meeting house to Rehoboth, about fifty
rods from the crossing of Ten Mile river. He died
January 26, 1703, in Rehoboth, aged seventy-two
years. His estate was valued at two hundred
pounds, five shillings and four pence. He was mar-
ried. October 5, 1651, to Priscilla Bonet, who died
October 20, 1663, on the day her son, Benjamin, was
born. William Carpenter was married (second),
December 10, 1663, to Miriam Searles, who died
May i,_ 1722, aged ninety-three years, in Rehoboth.
His children were : John, William, Priscilla. Ben-
jamin, Josiah, Nathaniel. Daniel, Noah, Miriam,
Obadiah, Ephraim (died young), Ephraim, Han-
nah and Abigail.

(XII) Nathaniel, fifth son and sixth child of
William Carpenter, and second child of his second
wife. Miriam Searles was born May 12, 1667, in
Rehoboth, and lived most of his early life in Se-
konk, Rhode Island, and died in 1713, at Attleboro,
Massachusetts. He was representative to the gen-
eral court in 1724-29-33-35. He was, evidently, a
good business man and became possessed of consid-
erable property. His will disposes of interests in
Wrentham and Rehoboth, and Ashford. Connecti-
cut. To the Rehoboth Church he left "a good

tanker" (tankard) and another tanker to the
church at Attleboro, to be purchased out of his es-
tate. He was married September 19, 1693, to Rachel
Cooper, who died July 9, 1694, aged twenty-three
years. He was married (second), November 17,
1695, to Mary Preston, of Dorchester, who died
May 25, 1706. aged thirty-one years. His third
marriage occurred July 8, 1707, to widow Mary
Cooper, who died April 9, 1712, aged thirty-six
years. His fourth wife was Mary Baker. His chil-
dren were: Nathaniel (died young), Ezekiel, Ezra,
Elijah, Dan, Rachel, Nathaniel and Mary, twins;
Nathaniel, died when twenty-seven days old ; and
Mary, died when one year old.

(XIII) Ezra, third son and child of Nathaniel
and Mary (Preston) Carpenter, was born March
20, 1698, in Rehoboth, and graduated from Har-
vard College in 1720. He entered upon the chris-
tian ministry and was ordained at Hull, November
24, 1725, and was dismissed from the pastorate
there November 23, 1746. He settled, as pastor, at
Swanzey, New Hampshire. October 14, 1753, and
was dismissed March 16, 1769. The same dates ap-
ply also to Keene, which would indicate that he was
in charge of two parishes at the same time. Keene
parish was then called Upper Ashuelot, and Swan-
zey, Lower Ashuelot. He died at Walpole, New
Hampshire, August 26, 1785, in his eighty-eighth
year. He was chaplain of the state troops from
1749 to 1763 in Massachusetts. He was married,
November 28, 1723, to Elizabeth, daughter of Rev.
Thomas Greenwood. She was born April 5, 1704,
and died March 12., 1766, in her sixty-second year.
Their children were: Elizabeth, Elijah, Theodosia,
Greenwood, Preston, Olive, Content, married John
Kilburn, and Rachel.

The following was taken from the cemetery in
Walpole, New Hampshire, located on the south
middle of the old lot, near where the old Kilburn
stone used to stand :

"In memory of the Rev. Ezra Carpenter, Born
Attleborou April ist. 1698. Educated at the Uni-
versity of Cambridge — 2^ years pastor of ye church
of Christ — 21 at Hull and 15 at Swanzey. An able
Divine, sound in ye faith, and a rational preacher of
the gospel, respectable for his erudition of manners,
easy and polite in his conversation. Pious and
entertaining. A faithful shepherd. A kind husband,
affectionate parent, a lover of good men, given to
hospitality. As Christ was his hope of glory, so in
the full assurance of ye mercy of God to eternal
life, he died at Walpole Aug. 26, 1785, Aetatis 88
Dum Pulvis Christo Chartes, Huec dulce dormit,
Expectaris Stellum Matutinam."

(XIV) Greenwood, second son and fourth child
of Rev. Ezra and Elizabeth (Greenwood) Carpen-
ter, was born March 31, 1733, in Hull, Massachu-
setts, and died February 3. 1809, in Swanzey, New
Hampshire. He first resided in Charlestown, Mas-
sachusetts, and about 1756 removed thence to Swan-
zey, New Hampshire, where the remainder of his
life was passed. He was taxed upon property in
Charlestown in 1756 for the last time. He enlisted
July 12, 1779, in the Continental army, for one year,
from Swanzey. in the Sixth Regiment, and his com-
pensation was recorded at five pounds per month.
On March 21, 1781, he enlisted for three years, un-
der Captain Ried, in the third company from Swan-
zey. He was married February 10, 1753, to Sally
Leathers and (second), to Susan Hammond, who
died February 3, 1809. Four of his children were
born in Charlestown. and the remainder in Swan-
zey, namely: i. William, born at Charlestown,



Massachusetts, married Lucy Sumner, of Swanzey,
New Hampshire, died at Potsdam, New York. 2.
Betsey, born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, mar-
ried Sylvanus Hastings, of Charlestown, New
Hampshire, she died in Lashute, Canada East. 3.
Olive, born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, married
Joseph Barrows, of Walpole. New Hampshire, she
died in Ohio. Children of second marriage : 4.
Theodosia, born at Swanzey, New Hampshire, Oc-
tober 24, 1774; she married Dr. John Jackson, of
Lebanon, New Hampshire; she died at Swanzey,
New Hampshire, August 7, 1822. 5. Hastings, born
at Swanzey, New Hampshire, March 22, 1776; he
married Maria Hooppole, of Schenectady, New
York; he died at Canada, March i, 1815. 6. Abi-
gail, born at Swanzey, New Hampshire, October 7,
i777j niarried Eber Hubbard, of Glastonbury, Con-
necticut ; she died at Fulton. New York, March 5,
1839- 7- Elijah, born at Swanzey, New Hamp-
shire, December 23, 1779; he married Fanny Part-
ridge, of Montague, jMassachusetts ; he died at
Swanzey, New Hampshire, October 24, 1861. 8.
Consider, born at Swanzey, New Hampshire, Feb-
ruary 19, 1781. married (first),- Thankful Belding,
of Swanzey, New Hampshire ; she died at Swan-
zej'. New Hampshire, March 6, 1815. He married
(second), Fanny Leonard, of Keene, New Hamp-
shire. He died at Swanzey, New Hampshire, De-
cember 31, 1857. 9. Daniel, iDorn at Swanzey, New
Hampshire. October 26, 1782, married Roxana Crof-
ford, of Potsdam, New York. He married (sec-
ond), Sally Baker, of Potsdam, New York. He
died at Potsdam, New York. 10. Ezra, born at
Swanzey, New Hampshire, July 27, 1784, died at
Schenectady, New York, August 23. 1805. 11. Su-
san, born in Swanzey, New Hampshire, September
10, 1786, died at Seneca Hill, New York, July 31,
1871. 12. Sophronia, born November 29, 1788, died
in Swanzey. New Hampshire, April 18, 1810. 13.
Preston, born May 3, 1782, died at Genesee, New
York, September 5, 1814.

(XV) Elijah, son of Greenwood and Susan
(Hammond) Carpenter, was born December 23,1779,
in Swanzey, and died October 24, 1861, in that
town, where he was a farmer on the paternal home-
stead during all of his life. This farm consisted of
one hundred and fifty acres, and by his industry
and judicious management it w-as made to give him
a good income. He was an extremely conscientious
man, making the golden rule his guide in life, and
he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his fellows
to a marked degree. He w-as possessed of consider-
able legal knowledge, and because of this and his
natural ablity he exercised a wnde influence. He
was a member of the legislature several terms, was
a state senator and served ten years as high sheriff,
and was deputy sheriff until after he was sixty
years old. He was spoken of as "Squire" Carpen-
ter, and according to the custom of the times wore
a sword while attending court in the capacity of
high sheriff. Mr. Carpenter was married, Decem-
ber II, 1815, to Fanny Partridge, daughter of
Amariah Partridge. She was born November i,
1787, in Montague, Massachusetts, and died March
10, 1876, in Algona, Iowa. Her children were :
Thankful G., born February 14, 1817, married
(first), Joshua Wyman ; (second), Zebina Knights.
Harriet R., born May 4, 1819, married Nathan
Watkins. Julia A., died in infancy. Julia A., born
May 15, 1823, married Cyril R. Aldrich. Elizabeth
G., born December 20, 1S25. George, mentioned be-
low. Elijah P., born April 10, 1S31, died in Keene,
October 31, 1872.

(XVI) George, sixth child and elder son of

Elijah and Fanny (Partridge) Carpenter, was born
September 13, 1828. in Swanze}^ where he still re-
sides. He attended the common schools of his na-
tive town and Mount Caesar Seminary and acade-
mies at Ludlow and Saxton's River, Vermont. He
engaged in roofing business at Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, and continued there about two A^ears, his
work being distributed over a wide district in the
vicinity of Springfield. In 1852 he went to Califor-
nia, and remained three j'ears. In 1885 he returned
to his native town and settled upon the paternal
homestead, which is known as Valley View Farm,
and located at Swanzey Centre. Mr. Carpenter has
always been a student and has kept abreast of the
progress of his time, through study and reading.
With his W'ife he began the Chautauqua course m
1883, and graduated in the "Pansy Class" of 1887.
He subsquently pursued a university course a num-
ber of years under able instructors. He has been
much interested in questions of political economy,
and has been identified with various movements cal-
culated to promote reform in the national govern-
ment. He was reared a Democrat and has been af-
filiated with the Greenback party, which nominated
him for congress in 1882, and for governor in 1884
and 1886. In 1892 he was a candidate of the Peo-
ple's party for presidential elector, and continued
his alliance with that organization and supported
William J. Bryan for the presidency in 1896.

The Carpenter homestead is one of the most in-
teresting points in Swanzey, being the location of an
old Indian fort. It has been in the possession of
the family since 1753. one hundred and fifty- four
years, and has been handed down for four genera-
tions. Mr. Carpenter's water supply is obtained
from the same spring which supplied the fort. The
farm now contains about two hundred acres of land
and in addition Mr. Carpenter has acquired about
four hundred acres of outlaying timber land. The
old farm is still divided into fields by the original
heavy stone walls. Much of the ground is now per-
mitted to grow up timber and but a limited amount
is devoted to the growth of crops. The buildings
are pleasantly located, surrounded with majestic
pines and are indicative of the comfort and refine-
ment which are characteristic of the best New Eng-
land homes.

Mr. Carpenter is identified with Golden Rod
Grange of Swanzey, as is his wife, and they have
given time and efifort to its work. They are also
contributors to the support of Mount Caesar Li-
brary Association, which occupies the old seminary
building. This building was purchased by Mr. Car-
penter and donated for the uses of the association.
He was married, June 14, 1864, to Lucy Jane,
daughter of Colonel Carter and Lucy Baker Whit-
comb (see Whitcomb VII).

(Previous Generations on Pages 1083-4.")

(X) Deacon Ebenezer, sixth son of Dea-
FISKE con William (4) and Sarah (Kilham)
Fiske, was born in 1686, and died August
25, 1732. He married, December i, 1733, ]Mrs. ^Martha
Kimball, who died March 28, 1764. He died Sep-
tember 30, 1771, aged ninety-three years. He was
the sixth son of his parents, executor of his father's
will, principal heir of his estate, and lived at Wen-
ham, where he was a substantial and quiet-living
farmer. He was honored by election to various
local offices, but was principally occupied with his
private aff^airs and those of the church in which he
was deacon from his election, May 16, 1739^ until
his resignation "by reason of age." in 1758. He was
the father of nine children : Sarah, Jonathan, Eben-



ezer, Elizabeth, Jacob, Mary, William, Mercy and

(XI) William, seventh child of Deacon Eben-
ezer and Elizabeth (Fuller) Fiske, was born at
Wenham, Massachusetts, November 30, 1720. He
married, 1749, Susannah Batchelder. of Wenham,
born 1731, died 1810. She married a second time,
the last husband being Benjamin Davis. William
Fiske was the sole executor of his father's w-ill.
After settling the estate and disposing of the home-
stead and various tracts of land, he removed in
1773-74 to Amherst, New Hampshire, where he set-
tled on a tract of land on the south side of Wal-
nut Hill, and became the founder of the Amherst
branch of the Fiskes. Of him personally little is
known except that in his character and principles
he was a staunch Puritan. His father and grand-
father were successively deacons in the original
Wenham church for upwards of seventy years, the
sarne church of which the Rev. John Fiske was the
original pastor. More remotely still the family
had been identified with the great reformatory
struggle in England. Mr. Fiske died in 1777, in the
eighty-second year of his age. He and his wife
were the parents of nine children : Jonathan, Eliza-
beth, William, David, Mar\^ Ebenezer, John, Susan-
nah and Anne. (Ebenezer and descendants receive
mention in this artcle.)

(Xn) David, third son of William and Susan-
nah (Batchelder) Fiske, was born at Wenham,
Massachusetts, June 25, 1757. At the age of eight-
een he enlisted for one year in the Revolution. In
1786 he married Edith Tay. of Chelsea, and settled
in Merrimack. New Hampshire. In 1801 he moved
to Amherst, New Hampshire, which was his home
till his death at the age of eighty-six. The five chil-
dren of David and Edith (Tay) Fiske were : Bet-
sey, born September 12. 1788. died unmarried, Au-
gust 25. 1876. Edith, born March i, 1790. married
John Sprague, of Bedford, New Hampshire, re-
moved to Ohio and died there. David, who is men-
tioned below. George, born August 22, 1794, mar-
ried Arinda Lane. Ardella, born December 18, 1803.
died unmarried, September 30, 1828. David Fiske
died at Amherst, New Hampshire, in 1843.

(XIII) Deacon David (2), eldest son and third
child of David (i) and Edith (Tay) Fiske, was
born at Amherst, New Hampshire, September 20,
1792. He was an enterprising, industrious farmer,
and a man of sound integrity. He was deacon of
the Congregational Church in Amherst from 1836
till he moved to Nashua in 1859. On January 19,
1823. Deacon Fiske married Abigail Nourse,
daughter of Deacon Beniamin Nourse, of Merri-
mack, New Hampshire. She was born in 1800. and
died in June, 1825. They had two children:
Thomas Scott, born November 22, 1823, married
Clara Isabel Pittman : and James Porter, born June
5, 1825. married Sarah C. Hill. In 1828,. three years
after the death of his first wife. Deacon Fiske mar-
ried her sister, Harriet Nourse. She was born Au-
gust 21, 1799. and died August 22, 1872, the same
day as her husband. There were three children:
George, born October 22, 1835, married Elmira F.
Morrill. Abbie Arinda, born November 24, 1838,
married. July 26, i860, George W. Ordway, of Brad-
ford. Massachusetts, and lived in Chicago. Mary
Porter, mentioned below. Deacon David Fiske died
in Nashua. New Hampshire, August 22, 1872.

(XIV) Mary Porter, the second daughter and
youngest child of Deacon David (2) and Harriet
(Nourse) Fiske, was born December 9, 1841. at
Amherst, New Hampshire. She was married at
Nashua, December 10, 1867, to George A. Marden,

of Lowell, Massachusetts. (See Marden, VI). Mrs.
]\Iardcn's maternal ancestry is traced back to
Francis Nourse, who was born in England, and
came to Salem, Massachusetts. His wife. Rebecca
Nourse, was one of the victims hanged during the
witchcraft craze.

(XII) Deacon Ebenezer, sixth child and fourth
son of William and Susannah (Batchelder) Fiske,
was born in Wenham, Massachusetts, November 11,
1762, and died in Wilmot, New Hampshire, May 8,
1838, aged seventy-six. He removed from Wenham
to Amherst with his father when eleven years of
age, and resided in the latter place until he attained
his majority. Owing to the reduced circumstances
of the family caused by the bankruptcies of of his
father's brother-in-law, White, for whom the father

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