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had largely endorsed, Eben lost the opportunity of
enjoying educational advantages. However, he in-
herited a remarkably strong physical frame and a
strong intellect, and possessed good sterling quali-
ties and an unbending will. Many and remarkable
are the feats of strength recorded of him when in
the prime of his powers, w'hile his excellent com-
mon sense and well-known integrity made him a
counselor among his fellow townsmen in Mont
Vernon, where he subsequently resided, and for
many years filled various local offices. After some
years' residence in Mont Vernon he removed to
Warner, New Hampshire, where he purchased a
farm, and later located on a farm on "Wilmot
Flat," in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Later in life
he moved to the hills in the northwestern part of
the tow-n, called North Wilmot. and near where
a meeting house afterward stood. Here he and his
wife spent the remainder of their lives, their son
Calvin caring for them. Ebenezer Fiske was a man
a man of decided, conscientious, fixed and ex-
emplary principles, and the resolute energy and
courage which alwaj-s rise superior to the difficulties
of the occasion. During most of his life he was
a member and deacon of the Congregational

He married, at Mont Vernon, New Hampshire,
in 1782. Abigail Woodbury, who was born in Bev-
erly. Massachusetts, March 7, 1766. and died De-
cember 9, 1839, aged seventy-three years, second
daughter of James Woodbury, of Mont Vernon.
She was of an excellent family, and a relative of
Judge Levi Woodbury, of Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire, a farmer of that state, and secretary of the
United States treasury under President Jackson.
Six sons and six daughters were born of this
union, all of whom except a son w-ho died in in-
fancy, lived to mature age. All of these except the
two youngest were born in Mont Vernon. Their
names are: Abigail, John (died young). Ebenezer,
James, Hannah, Desdemona, Luther, Calvin, John,
Mehitable, Marv and Ploma.

(XIII) Mehitable, tenth child and fourth daugh-
ter of Deacon Ebenezer and Abigail (Woodbury)
Fiske, was born in Mont Vernon. April t8. 1800.
She married. March 14, 1819. James B. Straw, of
Salisbur}', and was the mother of Governor E. A.
Straws (see Straw, V).

(VII) Nathaniel, second son and child of Wil-
liam Fiske, was born in South Elmham, and re-
sided in Wevbred, England. He is named in the
wills of his father, uncle Eleazer, and cousin George.
He married Mrs. Alice (Henel) Leman. and they
had two children : Nathaniel and Sarah.

(VIII) Nathaniel (2), eldest child and_ only son
of Nathaniel (i) and Alice (Henel) Fiske, was
born in Weybred, Sufifolk county, England, _ where
he resided. There is a tradition in the family that



he died on the passage to New England. He mar-
ried Dorothy Symonds of Wendham, daughter of
John. 'J'heir children were: John, Nathan, Esther
and Martha.

(IX) Nathan, second son and child of Nathaniel
(2) and Dorothy (Symonds) Fiske, was born in
England, about 1615. He settled in_ Watertown,
IMassachusetts, as early as 1642, but his name does
not appear on the list of proprietors of that year.
He was admitted freeman May 10. 1643, and was
selectman in 1673. His will was dated June 19,
and he died June 21, 1676, aged forty-four years.
In 1644 he was proprietor of one lot of nine acres
which was his homestall. In his will he disposes of
-various pieces of land and a house and farm. His
wife's name was Susanna. Their children were:
Nathan, John, David, Nathaniel and Sarah.

(X) Lieutenant Nathan (2), eldest son of Na-
than (i) and Susanna (Fiske) Fiske, was born in
Watertown, October 17, 1642, and died October 11,
1694, aged fifty-two. October i, 1673, he bought of
Thomas Underwood and wife 220 acres of farm
land in Weston for £10. He was selectman
1684-88-gi. His inventory included house and twen-
ty-two acres of land, valued at £45 ; six acres of
land in Newton, £9, one hundred and twenty acres
about Prospect Hill, £6, seven acres in Thatcher's
Meadow, £5, and about two hundred and fifty acres
of farm land £15; total £151. He married Eliza-
beth Fry, who died May 15, 1696. Their children
were; NathaTi, died young: Elizabeth, Martha, Na-
than, Susanna, Abigail, William (died young), Wil-
liam and Anna.

(XI) Deacon Nathan (3), fourth child and sec-
ond son of Lieutenant Nathan (2) and Elizabeth

(Fry) Fiske, was born in Watertown, January 3,
1672, and died January 26, 1741, aged sixty-nine
j'cars. He was a man of note in his town and held
office for many years. He was representative in
1727-28-29-32, and much confided in by his towns-
men. He was selectman 1711-14-17-19-20-22-23-24-
26-27 ; town treasurer, 1820-22-23 ; town clerk 1724-
28-39: and was elected deacon as early as 1717. He
married, (first), October 14, 1696, Sarah Coolidge,
"born about 1678. daughter of Ensign John of Wa-
tertown. She died November 27, 1723, and he
married (second). May 22, 1729, Mrs. Hannah
(Coolidge) Smith, born December 7, 1671, daugh-
ter of Simon and widow of Daniel Smith, Jr. She
died October 4, 1750. The children of Deacon Na-
than and Sarah were : Sarah, Elizabeth, Nathan,
Josiah, Henry, Daniel, Samuel, Grace G. and Han-
nah P.

(XII) Nathan (4), third child and eldest son
of Deacon Nathan (3) Fiske, was born in Water-
town, February 25, 1701, nnd died in Weston, Mas-
sachusetts, January 4, 1769, aged sixty-eight. He
resided in Weston, Massachusetts, and at his death
left what in those days was considered a large es-
tate. He married, (first), December 9, 1730, Anne
Warren, born February, 1711, daughter of Deacon
John of Weston. She died October t, 1736, and he
married (second), February 21, 1738, Mary Fiske,
baptized June 30, 1712, daughter of Deacon Jona-
than Fiske, of Lexington and Sudbury. After the
death of her husband she was killed by a fall from
a horse while on a visit to Sudbury on horseback.
Nathan Fiske had three children by his wife Anne
and eight by his wife Marj', viz : Anne, Nathan,
Samh, Jonathan. Ezra, Samuel, Thaddeus, Mary,
Oliver, Mary and Hepzibah.

(XIII) Captain Jonathan, eldest child of Na-
than (4) and his second wife. Mary (Fiske)
Fiske, was born in Weston, December 15, 1739, and

died in Medfield. He was captain of the Weston
company in February, 1776, and was in the Revolu-
tionarj' war. His company, with others, was in
the regiment commanded by Colonel Eleazer
Brooks, of Lincoln, Samuel Lawson, of Weston,
major. This regiment with other troops was or-
dered to take possession of Dorchester Heights.
He resided in Weston and Medfield. He married,
April 30, 1760, Abigail Fiske, daughter of Thomas
and Mary (Pierce) Fiske, of Waltham. Their
children were; Nathan, Thaddeus, Micah, Eben-
ezer, Abigail, Jonathan, (died youag), Jonathan,
Abijah and Isaac.

(XIV) Major Jonathan (2), seventh child and
sixth son of Jonathan (i) and Abigail (Fiske)
Fiske, was born in Weston, January 19, 1774, and
died in Medfield, June 19, 1864, aged ninety years.
He was a tanner and farmer, a man much re-
spected, and the holder of various town offices, a
deacon in the church, and was at one time major in
the Massachusetts Militia. A writer has said:
"While none of this branch of the family or imme-
diate ancestors have reached high positions of pub-
lic honor, the family has been remarkably free from
any who have in any way brought reproach or dis-
grace on the name. They have been upright and
honorable and have been respected in the commun-
ity in which they have resided ; they have been in-
telligent and in several cases have received college
educations." Jonathan married, in Weston, April
7, 1799, Sally Flagg, born July 8, I773, daughter of
Isaac Flagg; she died March 18, 1865, aged ninety-
three years. He resided in Medfield, and he and
his life lived together sixty-five years. Their chil-
dren were : Sally, Clarissa, George, Amos Flagg.
Abigail Lamson, Isaac and Charles.

(XV) Hon. Amos Flagg, fourth child and sec-
ond son of Major Jonathan (2) and Sally (Flagg)
Fiske, was born in Medfield, August i, 1805, and
died in Marlow, New Hampshire, January 6, 1873.
In early manhood he settled in Marlow and opened
a country store at what is known as Marlow Hill,

.where he conducted a thriving business, until what
is now Marlow Village became the principal place
in that town ; his store and family were then re-
moved to that village. There he continued to
thrive and prosper and became the foremost citizen
of the town, both in wealth and position. He held
various town, county and state offices, the princi-
pal of which was state senator, to which office he
was twice elected and served from 1863 to 1866.
He was a man of strong character and sterling in-
tegrity. He died in Marlow, respected by all who
knew him. He and his wife were both members
of the Methodist Church in Marlow, and very
active in its support. By his will he endowed this
church, and after his decease, his widow contributed
largely to its support." He married, in Marlow, Oc-
tober 30, 1830, Eliza Stone, of Marlow, who was
born October 21. 1809, and died May 15, 1891, aged
eighty-two. She was a most estimable lady. Their
children were: Eliza (died young), Harriet
Adelaide, Charles (died young) and Arthur W.,
Catherine, Henry and Eliza.

(XVI) Harriett Adelaide, second daughter and
child of Amos D. and Eliza (Stone) Fiske, was
born in Marlow, April 8, 1S34, and married Dr.
Marshall Perkins (see Perkins).

(Previous Generations on Pages 1 144-5-6).

(VII) Timothy Carter, second son and

ROLFE sixth child of Henry and Deborah

(Carter) Rolfe. was born May 9, 1817,

in the town of Concord, where he resided through-

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out his life. He was engaged in farming and was
also active during the winter season in lumbering
for many years. He remained on the parental
homestead many years, and in 1866 removed to
Church street, Penacook. where he died, December,
1884. He was married in June, 1844. to Eliza Ann
Emer3% and their children were : Timothy, Emery
and Eliza Jane (twins), Enoch, Henry, George Ed-
win, Mary Lydia, Martha Esther and Walter Her-

(Vni) Henry, third son and fourth child of
Timothy and Eliza Ann (Emery) Rolfe, was born
January 31, 1850, at Penacook, where he now re-
sides. He was rnarried, November 27. 1869, to Ly-
dia E. Gleason, who was born September 9, 1S51, in
West Concord, daughter of H[enry Shattuck and
Lydia Brooks (Gale) Gleason. They are the par-
ents of four children, Abbie Eliza., the eldest born
April 19, 1870, is the wife of George A. Noyes," of
Penacook. Timothy P. resides in Concord. Alartha
Ellen was born November 4, 1874, ^^d is the wife
of Dr. E. U. Sargent, of Penacook (see Sargent,
. VHI). Henry resides in Boston.

her husband nearly twenty-eight years. Their
children were : George (died young) ; George,
"Selomy," Dordana, Emeline and Adeline (twins),
Elizabeth and Nancy.

(For Ancestry, see Page 22).

(IV) Nathaniel, son of John and
WEBSTER Tryphena (Locke) Webster, was
born in Haverhill, and resided
there. It is presumable that the adjustment of the
province line in 1741 placed his homestead in Sa-
lem, New Hampshire, where his descendants long
resided. He married Hannah Mitchell.

(V) James, son of Nathaniel and Hannah
(Mitchell) Webster, resided in Salem, New Hamp-
shire, and served from that town as a soldier of
the Revolution. He was in a company of minute
men under command of Captain Jacob Webster, of
Salem, and was mustered in November 23, 1775.
He served twenty-three days at Winter Hill, and
was paid off February 22, 1776. He was a private
in' Captain Bartlett's company of Colonel Drake's
regiment of militia, and in October. 1777, received
in pay and traveling fees, six pounds and twelve
pence. He was in Captain Jesse Page's company
of the same regiment as a sergeant, and marched
to Bennington, serving three months and eight
days. The amount due him for this service was
twenty pounds twelve shillings and one pence. Of
this the state paid six pounds, twelve shillings, and
the Continental congress nine pounds three shillings
and four pence, leaving a balance due him of four
pounds sixteen shillings and nine pence, all old
tenor. He was a lieutenant in Captain John East-
man's company of Colonel Thomas Bartlett's regi-
ment of militia, raised by the state of New Hamp-
shire for the defence of the United States. He en-
tered June 29, 1780, was stationed at West Point,
and discharged October 24, same year, his service
lasting three months and twenty-six da3'S. The ex-
traordinary depreciation in value ot Continental
money is shown by the fact that his wage? were
five hundred and thirty-six pounds per month, and
this, with his traveling fees for this campaign,
amounted to two thousand three hundred and four
pounds and ten shillings. He married Mehitable

(VI) Elizabeth, daughter of James and Mehita-
ble (Rollins) Webster, became the wife of Giles
Ordway. (See Ordway, V).

(VII) David, son of Stephen and Chloe (Wheeler)
Webster, was born July 4, 1779, and died May
15, 1849, in Rumney, New Hampshire. He was
married January 26. 1806, to. Lucy, daughter of
Colonel Gordon Hutchins, of Concord, New Hamp-
shire. She died April 17, 1877, having survived

(Preceding Generations on Pages 711 and 714-15).
There is a sharply-drawn individual-
^NIORRILL ity running through the children of
Captain David Morrill, which has
led them into widely diverging paths of life in lo-
calities remote from each otiier. The greatest sim-
ilarity between two members is, perhaps, found in
the late Oscar S. Morrill of Chatfield, Minnesota
(later of Montalvo, California), and his half-
brother, Milo S. Morrill of Canterbury, this state.
George P., elder brother of Milo, is most like his-
half-brother, John P. Kimball, of Canterbury.

(VIII) Sarah Coffin, only daughter and eldest
child of Captain David and Comfort (]\Iorrill)
Morrill, was born March i^ 1827, in Canterbury,
and left home at the age of sixteen years to earn
her own maintenance, entering the mills at Man-
chester, New Hampshire, where she continued to
labor four or five years. Soon after attaining the
age of twenty years, she was married to N. Welling-
ton Towne and, about 1856, settled with him in
southern Minnesota. That region was then a wil-
derness, and she experienced the life of a pioneer.
Here the only child of her first marriage — Ernes-
tine Towne — was born. She married (second),
William P. Sickles, with whom she made a large
part of the journey to Central California in a
"prairie schooner." Most of her married life was
spent in that region, their home being near a beau-
tiful spring of clear water, in Penn Valley. Her
second husband lost his life while trying to rescue
some papers from their burning home, in recent
years. Though her life has been a rather hard
one, she has always maintained her cheerfulness,
and is now spending a green old age with her
eldest daughter in Cedarville, California. She never
shrank from any duty, and bore the hardships of
pioneer life with the fortitude born of a stout
heart. She was given to the study of phrenology,
is a firm believer in the claims of woman's rights
agitators and in all moral reforms. Her first, and
probably only, visit to her native home was made
in 1892, but she maintains a continual interest in
her relatives and is reckoned among the most val-
ued correspondents of many of her nephews and
nieces, as well as other members of the family.

(VIII) William Henry, fourth son and fifth
child of Captain David and Comfort (Morrill)
Morrill, was born July 30, 1835, . i" Canterbury,
and passed his boyhood on the paternal homestead.
At an early age he went to Wisconsin and was a
resident for a short time at Janesville in that state.
At the time of the great migration to Minnesota
he was a pioneer there, and resided most of his
active life at St. Charles. In recent years he has
lived at Huron, South Dakota, and is strong in
praise of his new location. He was a soldier of the
Civil war, serving in a heavy artillery regiment
from Minnesota during the latter part of the strug-
gle, chiefly in garrison duty at Chattanooga, Ten-
nessee. Mr. Morrill is a man of practical mind,
and has borne an important part in the settlement
and material and moral development of two states,
thus carrying forward the bent of his sires. After
he was well established in Minnesota, he spent the
winter of 1859-60 at his native town. In the spring
following he was married to Melinda Foster, daugh-
ter of Simeon and Polly (Hill) Foster of Canter-
bury (see Foster, VI) who is still his helpmeet.

(VIII) Charles Willard, sixth son of David



and Comfort (Morrill) Morrill, was born Decem-
ber 30, 1839, in Canterbury, and remained at home
until the age of seventeen years. He then went
to Ohio, and there pursued a preparatory course
in Oberlin College. He subsequently entered Dart-
mouth College, from which he graduated in 1863.
On August 19 of that year he was mustered in as
a member of Company H, Eighth New Hampshire
Volunteer Infantry, and proceeded at once with his
regiment to the front. He was discharged on ac-
count of disability November 26, 1864, at_ Natchez,
Mississippi, and died on his way home, in a hos-
pital at Cairo, Illinois, December 8 of the same
year. Thus a most promising young life was cut
off. Mr. Morrill is spoken of by his comrades as
a true and faithful soldier, and by all who knew
him, as a young man of most exemplary character.

(Previous Generation on Page 351.)

(II) John Abbot, eldest son and child
ABBOTT of George Abbot, the original immi-
grant, and his wife, Hannah (Chand-
ler) Abbot, was born in Andover, Massachusetts,
March 2, 1648. He lived with his father in the gar-
rison house. He was chosen deacon of the South
Parish Church in 171 1. In 1673 he married Sarah
Barker, daughter of Richard Barker, one of the first
settlers of Andover; they had nine children. John
Abbot died March 19, 1721.

(III) John, eldest son and child of John and
Sarah (Barker) Abbot, was born November 2, 1674,
at Andover, Massachusetts. He was selectman and
a deacon of the church for thirty-four years. In
1791 he married Elizabeth Harndin, of Wilmington,
Massachusetts. He died January i, 1754, and she
died August 9, 1756.

(IV) Captain John, second son and child of John
and Elizabeth (Harndin) Abbot, was born August
3, 1704, at Andover, Massachusetts. He was com-
missioned a captain in the French and Indian war,
and was chosen a member of the committee of safety
at Andover, on November 14, I774- He was seventy
years of age at the time, but he lived till nearly
ninety. His dwelling was always on the old home-
stead at Andover. His wife was Phebe (Fiske)
Abbot, who died in December, 1802, aged ninety.
He died November 10. I793-

(V) Jeremiah, fourth son and fifth child of Cap-
tain John and Phebe (Fiske) Abbot, was born May
25 1743- He moved to Wilton, New Hampshire.
He married Chloe Abbot, daughter of Zebadiah
Abbot, and they had nine children. She died August
21, 1809, aged about seventy-one years. He died
November 2, 1825. , , -u

(VI) Sarah, seventh daughter and youngest child
of Jeremiah and Chloe (Abbot) Abbot, was born
December 8, 1781. On her twenty-second birthday
she was married to Stephen Buss, of Wilton, New
Hampshire. Sarah, their second daughter and fourth
child, married Benjamin Franklin Marden on March
20, 1830 (see Marden, IV).

C Previous Generations on Pages 1658-1665.)

The Foster family of Canterbury
FOSTER was conspicuous in the struggle for
the abolition of human slavery in the
TT^Jtprl States and sent numerous citizens to the aid
Sdeir country in the Civil war^ One of these
wn^ for long years an invalid, unable to walk, as a
result of wounds received in that struggle

K^TT^ Lvnian Brackett, one of the elder sons
of Simeon Brackett and Polly (Hill) Foster, was
born about 1833, in Canterbury and passed most
of his life in that town, except during his military
service. He was early influenced by his kinsman,

the noted Abolitionist Stephen S. Foster, and was
very earnest in support of his principles. As a
young man, he engaged in teaching, and was in
Butler county, Ohio, employed in that avocation
when the first call to arms rang through the country
in 1861. He enlisted April 18 of that year, at Ham-
ilton, Ohio, in a company subsequently assigned to
the Twenty-sixth Ohio Regiment, for three years'
service, and was made first sergeant of his com-
pany. Next year he was promoted to second lieu-
tenant. An account of his experience was published
in the Granite State Free Press of Lebanon, New
Hampshire, from his own pen, making extremely
interesting reading for the student of today. At the
battle of Stone River he received a bullet wound
in the leg. and was laid up until the following
spring. On rejoining his regiment he was made
first lieutenant, and in the fighting about Chat-
tanooga, the command of Company B. devolved
upon him, through the loss of its officers. In the
battle of Lookout Mountain, a bullet pierced his
clothing, but was too far spent to injure his body,
and in the same engagement he had an ankle badly
bruised by another bullet. In the autumn of 1864
he re-enlisted as a veteran, being made a member
of the Twenty-sixth Ohio Veteran Volunteer In-
fantry. At the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, a bul-
let cut a gash half an inch deep in the side of his
neck. At the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, No-
vember 30, 1864, a bullet penetrated his groin, and
ended all further activity as a soldier, making him
an invalid for the remainder of his life. Nine days
following he was commissioned a captain by the
Governor of Ohio, but was never mustered. While
lying in hospital, both his limbs were drawn up, as
4iis pain was _ thus lessened, and became stiffened
in that position, where they remained until his
death. The bullet was never removed, and he thus
carried two bullets uptil the end. He was dis-
charged on account of disability May 15, 1865.
When he was finally recovered sufiiciently to be
moved to the North, he was taken by easy stages
to Canterbury, his native home, but it was neces-
sary to carry the movable bunk in which he lay by
hand in many cases, as he could not endure any
heavy jar. His wound was not healed until
three years after his arrival in Canterbury in July,
1865. In this long and tedious journey, made by
water as far as possible, he was attended by George
P. Morrill, of Canterbury, who had gone into the
armyfrom Ohio (see portrait and sketch elsewhere
in this work), and always credited the latter with
saving his life. Though doomed to lie on his back
continuously, Mr. Foster continued to teach classes,
write for the press and in other ways make himself
useful, and was a highly respected citizen until his
death, which occurred in the winter of 1882-3, at
Reading, Massachusetts, whither he had removed
about 1875. He married Jennie Turner, daughter
of an Englishman, who resided in Reading, and
left one daughter, J. Flora, now the wife of Fred
Hooper, of Winthrop, Massachusetts.

(VIII) Alonzo, son of Simeon and Polly (Hill)
Foster, was born January 31, 1838, in Canterbury,
and was bred amid the surroundings calculated to
make him firm in principle. In 1861 he settled at
St. Charles, Minnesota, whence he went in the army
in the Civil war. His first long march was made
previously in Canterbury and other towns of New
Hampshire. His native town was always closely
contested by the leading political parties, and every
citizen was ever wrought up. A close canvass was
regularly maintained by political leaders, by school
districts, and in that day and region one who
placed any other thing before political issues was






regarded almost as a blasphemist. One who said
that the construction of a bridge between Boscawen
and Canterbury was of greater importance than the
selection of a president of the United States, at
once forfeited the confidence of a large number of
his fellows. On a certain Sunday in "the fifties,"
when the whole region was covered with a crust of
snow over deep drifts, so that travel by team or
train was impossible, Alonzo Foster walked from
his home to Wilton a distance of fifty-three miles, in

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