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first policy issued by the company. In 1856 he was
baptized and became a member of the First Chris-
tian Church of Springtield, and was soon after made
deacon, and has held that office forty years, having
been connected for the last twenty-tive years with
the George's Mills Church, whose house of wor-
ship was erected in 1897, largely through his aid and
influence. For eight years he was superintendent
of the Sunday-school in Springfield. He is a lib-
eral contributor to home and foreign missions, and
is especially interested in that work in Japan. Mr.
Chase received a patent on a receiving aperture for
ash bins and similar vaults and tanks. It is cal-
culated for insertion in a wall or other permanent
location, and is so constructed that the opening will
remain either open or closed as the wish of the
operator, by its own gravity, and at the same time,
while open, serve as a conduit for the material to
be sent through the aperture. This has never been
placed upon the market. Mr. Chase has done much
for the community in which he lives, and especially
in the way of encouraging summer visitors, and his
ambition to make the place a popular resort has
succeeded well. It is well known to people in New
York and Philadelphia, as well as Boston and va-
rious points in New Jersey, who make it their
place of recreation during the summer season. Since
disposing of the hotel he has erected another fine
set of buildings and continues to board a few of his
old patrons. In all his undertakings and efforts he
■has been cheerfully and efficiently aided by his
good wife, who has contributed no small part to the

accumulation of the competency which they now
enjoy. He was married January 3, 1870, to Laura
Ann Morgan, who was born July 0, 1846, daughter
6f William and Mary (Fuller) Morgan, of Spring-
field, New Hampshire. They have one child. Dura
Alfred Chase, who was born March 26, 1871, in
Springfield. He is an industrious and capable young
man, and is making his way in the world. He was
married September 4, 1895, to Harriet Augusta
George, who was born November 25, 1869, daughter
of Daniel A. and Miriam D. (Blood) George. Her
great grandfather, Jonathan George, was the first
settler in this locality, and for him George's Mills
was named. Mr. Chase is the owner of "Pleasant
Home," and also conducts a livery business. He
has two children : Maurice George and Harold

(VIII) John (3), third son and fourth child of
John (2) and Abigail (Chase) Chase, was born
September 18, 1708, and resided in Seabrook. His
will was proved September 25, 1776. He married,
March 27, 1729, Anna Runlet (or Rundlett) ; and
they had Thomas, John, Daniel, James, Charles and

(IX) Thomas, second son and child of John
and Ann (Rundlett) Chase, was born in Seabrook,
July 23, 1731, and died September 19, 1787. He
married, in 1758, Mary Dow, by whom he had six
children : Nathaniel, Amos, Charles, Edward, Ra-
chel, and Winthrop.

(X) Nathaniel (4), eldest child of Thomas and
Mary (Dow) Chase, was born November 9, 1753,
and died in Henniker, September 19, 1747. He
married, September 27, 1780, Mary Brown, of
Hampton, and immediately removed to Henniker,
where he had already, before his marriage, made a
clearing on the south side of Craney Hill. He went
there first, taking his axe, a bag of meal, and a cow.
He built himself a "bough house," and commenced
his clearing, presuming he had no neighbors nearer
than Weare. One day, as he started for Weare to
grind his axe, he heard the sound of axes to the
westward of him. He at once resolved to know
whence the sound came, and was delighted to find
within a mile of him the Ross brothers, settled on a
clearing; what was still better, they had a grind-
stone, upon which he ground his axe, thus saving
a journey to Weare. The children of Nathaniel and
Mary (Brown) Chase were: Winthrop, Abraham,
Hannah, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Charles, Mary, Peace,
Nathaniel and Sarah (mention of Jonathan and de-
scendants forms part of this article).

(XI) Abraham, second son and child of Nathan-
iel and Mary (Brown) Chase, was born in Hen-
niker, May 17, 1783, and died March 30, 1861. He
lived many years upon the hill in the northwest-
erly part of the town, know as "Wadsworth Hill."
The latter part of his life he resided in Henniker
village. He married, first April 3, 181 1, Keziah
Peaslee, of Deering, daughter of Humphrey and
Phebe Peaslee. She died February 15, 1819, and
he married, second, October 28, 1824, Fanny Smith,
daughter of Bezaleel Smith. The children of the
first wife were Hannah and Humphrey; and those
by the second wife were : Mary R. and Frances M.

(XII) Hannah, eldest child of Abraham and
Keziah (Peaslee) Chase was born December 21,
181 1, and was married, December 21, 1837, to Dut-
ton Woods (see Woods, VI). . , ,

(XI) Jonathan, fourth son of Nathaniel and
Mary (Brown) Chase, was born in Henniker. April
4, 1788, and died October 20, 1864.^^ He settled on
whnt I't; rnlled the old "Craney Hill"

farm, consist-



ing of about two hundred acres, and was a pros-
perous farmer. May 14, 1817, he married Patience
Peaslee, who died February 18, 1868.

(XII) Eli, second son of Jonathan and Patience
(Peaslee) Chase, was born in Henniker, August 15,
1820, and died February 8, 1898. He grew up and
received his education in the district schools of his
native town. Early in life he moved to Weare
and settled on the farm now owned by his son.
He was a Democrat in politics and served as select-
man of the town. He was a member of the So-
ciety of Friends until his marriage, when he was
declared out of it by marrying outside the Society.
March 20, 1842, he married Hannah A. Brown, of

(XIII) Horace Oscar, only son of Eli and Han-
nah A. (Brown) Chase, was born at North Weare,
September i, 1852. Owing to the delicate health of
his father, he, at the age of twelve years, assumed
the duties and cares of the farm, thus early in life
developing a natural ability for active business. He
attended the schools of his native town and the
academies of Francestown and Contoocook ; labor-
ing on the farm in summer and attending school in
winter; his was a very strenuous young life. At
the age of eighteen years he bought and operated
with profit, lumber lots, being probably the youngest
lumber dealer in the state. He continued this active
life for many years, and at the present time has
increased his farm from one hundred to seven hun-
dred acres. Under his supervision the land has been
brought to a high state of cultivation and to-day is
one of the most productive farms in the town. The
extent of his cattle industry is indicated by the fact
that the government compelled him to kill ninety-
two animals in 1903 on account of the foot and
mouth disease. He also has a bearing orchard of
one thousand trees and about two thousand young
Baldwin trees coming along. He is a charter mem-
ber of Weare Grange, No. 276, acting as steward of
the same in 1899 and 1900; his wife was lecturer in
1899, 1900 and 1901. In politics he is a stanch Dem-
ocrat, having occupied nearly every office of trust
in town. Appraiser of real estate ; supervisor of
check list and served nine years as selectman, being
chairman of the board longer than any other man
in one hundred years. He was a representative of
the town in the state legislature in 1902 and 1903.
In 1906 he built the first piece of Macadam road
ever constructed in town, and has always been
closely identified with all the important affairs of
the town and prominent in all things pertaining to
its progress and welfare.

On May i, 1884, he was married to Ida S.
King, daughter of Jonathan and Irene Peasley
King. Mrs. Chase is a very enterprising woman,
taking an active part in the literary work of the
town and a prominent member of the Grange. She
was graduated from the Milford high school. They
have two daughters : Florence Irene and Mildred
Roanna. The elder was educated in the Man-
chester high school and New Hampshire Literary
Institute, the younger in the Nashua high school.
Florence I. is a musician of considerable alMlity
and both are successful teachers in the public

(VI) Daniel, fourth son and tenth child of
Aquilla (2) and Anne (Wheeler) Chase, was born
in Newbury. December 9, 1661, and died February
8, T707. He married. May 25, 1683, Martha Kim-
ball, who survived him, and married (second),
'^7^3. Josiah Heath. The ten children of Daniel
and Martha were : Martha, Sarah, Dorothy, Isaac,

Lydia, Mehitable, Judith, Abner, Daniel and

(VII) Daniel (2), third son and ninth child
of Daniel (i) and Martha (Kimball) Chase, was
born October 15, 1702. He was one of the proprie-
tors "of the common and undivided land in the
township of Rumford," formerly Penacook, now
Concord, New Hampshire, where he settled before
March i, 1733, and died before March 16, 1775, the
date of the proving of his will. His name was
attached to a proprietors' order to their clerk to
call a meeting of said proprietors, January 18,
1737. He was one of the guard in the garrison
around Timothy Walker's house in 1746; was a
petitioner with others for military protection for a
certain grist-mill, 1748; was surveyor of highways
1734; was one of Captain Joseph Eastman's com-
pany, in Colonel Joseph Blanchard's regiment, which
was raised for the expedition against Crown Point,
mostly in service from April to October, I755; and
was a signer of the remonstrance against the peti-
tion of certain persons to annex the Gore to Can-
terbury, 1760. He married (first), January 3, 1723,
Mary Carpenter; (second), February 12, 1726,
Elizabeth Collins. (Mention of David, supposed to
be their son, and descendants, Isaac and descendants
appears in this article).

(VIII) Jonathan, son of Daniel and Elizabeth
(Collins) Chase, was born in Concord, March i,
1733. He was a reputable citizen of Concord, and
a member of Captain Joseph Eastman's company in
I7SS, and was surveyor of highways in 1766. He
married Sarah Stickney, born in Concord, October
14, 1737.- daughter of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Stick-

(IX) Samuel, son of Jonathan and Sarah
(Stickney) Chase, was born March 10, 1761. He
married Molly Stanley.

(X) Horace, son of Samuel and Molly (Stan-
ley) Chase, was born in Unity, December 14, 1788.
He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1814. The
same vear he went to Hopkinton and entered the
law office of Matthew Hervey. In 1837 and 1842
he was moderator of town meetings ; in 1824 and

1825 and again from 1829 to 1835 town clerk ; from

1826 to 1835 town treasurer; in 1829 a representa-
tive to the general court; from 1830 to 1832 assist-
ant clerk of the house of representatives ; from 1829
to 1850 postmaster; from 1843 to 1855 judge of
probate for Merrimack county, publishing in 1845
the Probate Directory.

Horace Chase was made a Mason in Blazing
Star Lodge, No. 11, of Concord, in 1815- He was
initiated Mav 23, passed August 15 and raised
October 17. 1815. He was made a Royal Arch Ma-
son in 1817, and a Knight Templar in 1826. In the
autumn of 1818 he removed to Cheshire county,
where he resided until July, 1821. In 1819 he was
elected worthy master of Corinthian Lodge, No.
28, then working in Newport, and in 1820 repre-
sented that lodge in the Grand Lodge, when he was
honored with the appointment of district deputy
grand master. In 1821 he was appointed grand lec-
turer, and in 1822 again appointed district deputy
grand master, to which office he was reappointed
in 1823 and in 1829, 1847, 1848 and 1849. In 1850
he was elected deputy grand master, and in 185 1
and 1852 was elected most worthy grand master.
In 1854 he was elected grand secretary, and an-
nually' re-elected to that office, in which he served
seventeen consecutive years. In 1850 a committee
was appointed by the grand lodge to "confer upon
a uniform system of lectures and work, and report
to the grand lodge at the next annual communi-




cation." Mr. Chase was appointed chairman of that
committee, having associated with him three other
distinguished Masons : John Christie, Daniel Balch
and John J. Prentiss. The following year the com-
mittee made a report to the grand lodge, recited the
lectures and exemplified the work, which was ac-
cepted, approved, and adopted by the grand lodge,
with scarcely one important alteration or amend-
ment; and rotwithstanding an attempt was after-
ward made to substitute another work for it, that
work as originally reported, with trifling and im-
material alterations, to this day remains the stand-
ard and only authorized work in this jurisdiction.
In 1858 the grand lodge decided to reprint its early
proceedings, and intrusted to Mr. Chase the prepara-
tion of copy, which for many years could be ob-
tained from manuscript records only. He superin-
tended the publication of these, and in i860 pre-
sented the grand lodge a bound volume embracing
the proceedings for fifty-three years, from the for-
mation of the grand lodge in 1789 to 1841 inclusive.
In 1869 he had completed a second volume contain-
ing the proceedings from 1842 to 1856 inclusive.
Judge Chase held office in the grand lodge thirty-
four years, and to him the ]\Iasonic order in New
Hampshire is greatly indebted for its prosperity.
He died in Hopkinton, March i, 1875, and his
funeral on the 6th was largely attended by Knights
Templar and Masons of different degrees, and by
numerous citizens not Masons. His life was long
and useful and active, and the good works he did
are yet remembered by many who knew him.

He married (first), December 24, 1818, Betsey
Blanchard, daughter of Stephen and Betsey (Esta-
brooks) Blanchard, of Hopkinton, by whom he had
four children • Mary Elizabeth, Samuel Blanch-
ard ; Horace Gair and' Charles Carroll. Mrs. Chase
died Ju:.e 28, 1843, and on June 5, 1844, Judge Chase
married iseccnd), Lucy Blanchard, her sister, who
died December 22, 1848. November 15, 1849, Judge
Chase married (third). Ruhama Clarke, widow of
Danie! W. Clarke, of Manchester, and daughter of
Joseph and Anna (Wilson) Cochran, of New Bos-
ton, who survived him and resided in Hopkinton.

(IX) Daniel, a grandson of John (2) and Abi-
gail (Chase) Chase, married Esther Shaw, and they
were the parents of "Hunter John."

(X) John, son of Daniel and Esther (Shaw)
Chase, settled in the town of Weare previous to
the Revolution. He was famous for his skill in
hunting when wild animals were abundant in the
forests of that town, and by reason of his prowess
as a hunter he came to be known as "Hunter John."
He married Sarah Morrill, of Salisbury. Massachu-
setts, and by her had four sons and three daugh-
ters : Chevey, Charles, David, John, Hannah,
Rhoda and Sally Chase.

(XI) Charles, second son and child of John and
Sarah (Morrill) Chase, was for many years a
prominent business man in the town of Weare. For
a long time he was in trade at Weare Center and
afterward built the mills on Center brook and
lived there until the time of his death. He married
(first), Fanny Whittle, and (second), Mrs. Nancy
Peterson. By his first wife he had five children :
Harriet, Charles, Samuel W., Fanny and Cosmus :
and by his second wife two children : Rhoda and
Israel P. Chase.

(XII) Israel P., youngest son and child of
Charles Chase, was born in Weare, New Hamp-
shire, March 1827, and died at Hillsborough, New
Hampshire, May 26, 1890. In early life he was a
printer and when twenty-two years old left the
"case" and went to the gold fields of California,

voyaging around Cape Horn. He was numbered
with the famous forty miners, but after sharing the
vicissitudes of a miner's life for a few months re-
turned home by way of the Isthmus of Panama.
Later on he took up the study of medicine as a
disciple of the Hahnemannian doctrine and com-
pleted his professional education at the old Cleve-
land Homoeopathic Medical College, Cleveland,
Ohio, the second institution of its kind in the
country. He practiced a year in Richmond, Vir-
ginia, and in 1856 settled in the town of Henniker,
New Hampshire. In 1871 he removed to Hillsbor-
ough Bridge, and lived there until his death. In
1890, in association with his only son, James P.
Chase, he established TJic Messenger, and con-
tinued the publication of that newspaper until the
death of his son in 1876. Dr. Chase married
Frances S. Vose, of Francestown, New Hampshire.
She was born September 7, 183 1, and died July,
1890. They had three children. James P. -Chase,
their only son, was born in Richmond, Virginia,
February 2, 1856, and died in Hillsborough, New
Hampshire, November i, 1876. He was a young
man of much promise, had many friends and was
considered one of the best practical printers in
Hillsborough county. Emma Frances Chase, their
elder daughter, was born in Henniker, New Hamp-
shire, July 7. 1859, and married, February 23, 1891,
Charles William Thompson (see Thompson III).
Alice Pearson Chase, their younger daughter, was
born in Henniker, New Hampshire, August 28,
1862, ,and married Ira P. Smith, of Boston, Massa-
chusetts. They have one daughter, Emma G.

(VI) Ensign Moses, eleventh and youngest child
of Aquila (2) and Ann (Wheeler) Chase, was
born December 24, 1663, in Newbury, Massachusetts.
He was married November 10, 1684. to Ann Follons-
bee, and settled in what is now West Newbury, on
the main road, about one hundred rods above Bridge
street (present). A large majority of the Chases in
the Uniter States are said to be his descendants. He
died September 6, 1743. Ann Chase was admitted
to the Newbury Chuch in 1698, and died April 15,
1708, at the birth of a son. Her tombstone at the
old "Plains" graveyard in Newburyport, IMassachu-
setts, which has this date, is the oldest one known
bearing the name of Chase. Mr. Chase w-as married
(second), December 13, 1713, to Sarah Jacobs, of
Ipswich. Mr. Chase's will was made Julj' 3, 1740.
in which he mentions his grandson but no wife,
from which it is inferred that he survived his second
wife. His children were: Moses (died young) and
Daniel (twins), Moses, Samuel, Elizabeth, Stephen,
Hannah, Joseph and Benoni. (Samuel, Joseph and
Daniel and clescendants receive extended mention
in this article).

(VII) Moses (3), third son and child of Moses
(2) and Ann (Follansbee) Chase, was born Jan-
uary 20, 1688, in Newbury, Massachusetts, now West
Newbury, and died September 17, 1760. He lived
on the east half of the homestead. -He married,
October 12, 1709, Elizabeth, daughter of Rev.
Thomas and Mary (Perkins) Wells, of Amesbury,
granddaughter of Thomas Wells, the settler, who
came over in the "Susan and Ellen" in 1635, and
settled at Ipswich. She was born December 17,
1688. in Amesbury, and died May 31. 1755. Their
children were: Wells, Moses, Seth, Humphrey,
Elizabeth, Eleazer, Anne (died j-oung), Daniel,
Anne, Rebecca and Abigail.

(VIII) Moses (4), second son and child of
Moses (3) and Elizabeth (Wells) Chase, was born
July I, 1713, in Newbury, Massachusetts, and died
on the old homestead where he had lived, October



9, 1789. He married, December 9, 1736, Judith
Bartlett, daughter of Captain Richard and Mar-
garet (Woodman) Bartlett, who was born in New-
bury, March 10, 1713, and died February 18, 1785.
They had ten children: Wells, Rebecca, Elizabeth,
Jchn, Judith, Waters, Stephen, Enoch, Joshua and

(VIII) Isaac Chase, son of Daniel Chase, of
Amesbury, was born in Amesbury, about 1732, and
between 1763 and 1773, removed with his two broth-
ers, Abner and Daniel, to Warner, New Hampshire,
where he settled and became a leading man in the
town. He often served as moderator of town meet-
ings, and as a selectman. He was also one of the
early representatives of the "classed towns."

(IX) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (i) Chase, was
born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, in 1764, and re-
moved with his parents in childhood to Warner,
and was a life long farmer in that town.

(X) Henry, son of Isaac Chase, was born in
Warner, July 17, 1800. He was a farmer and re-
sided in Warner. He married Hannah Palmer, who
was born in Warner. She was the daughter
of Timothy Palmer, an early settler of Warner.
Eight children w'ere born of this marriage and
grew up.

(XI) Daniel Aquilla, son of Henry and Hannah
(Palmer) Chase, was born in Warner, December
31, 1839. He was educated in the common schools
of* Warner, and at Phillips Andover Acadamy. In
1850 he removed to Boston and went into the em-
ploy of the Roxbury Distilling Company. In- 1858
he entered into the business of distilling for him-
self in Charlestown, and carried on that business
until after the close of the war of the Rebellion.
He then went west and started the largest rum dis-
tillery in the world at Louisville, Kentucky, which
he operated, employing many men and turning out
annually a product of thousands of barrels, making a
large revenue to the government. In politics Mr.
Chase was a Republican, and was a stalwart sup-
porter of the party and a liberal contributor tO: its
success in pecuniary contributions. He was a mem-
ber of the Republican Club, the Home Market Club,
the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Society of
Sons of the American Revolution. He was a mem-
ber of the Masonic order and attained the thirty-
second degree, and also of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He married Mary L. Hoxie,
daughter of Benjamin and Hoxie, of Maine.

(IX) Wells, oldest child of Moses (4) and Ju-
dith (Bartlett) Chase, was born in Newbury, now
West Newbury. Massachusetts, September 9, 1737,
O. S., on the old Chase farm where his father
and grandfather were born and where his great-
grandfather settled and died. At the age of six-
teen he was apprenticed to learn the trade of house
carpenter. In {he year 1754 he enlisted under Gov-
ernor Shirley, who went up the Kennebec to keep
order among the Indians, taking twenty days' pro-
visions, his arms, ammunition and blanket on his
back. In 1758 he went into the army during the
French war, marched to Lake George, and was in
the battle of Ticonderoga under General Aber-
crombie. He was married, February 2, 1760, to
Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Illsley)
Hovey and in 1771 moved to Chester, now Au-
burn, New Hampshire, settling on a fifty-acre lot
purchased from Joseph Basford, in a region that
had been but little, if any, improved by the pio-
neers. He died December 28, 1824. His wife was
born September 8, 1737, O. S., and died October
5, 1814. Their children were: Benjamin Pike and
Hannah. The latter died at an early age.

(X) Benjamin Pike, oldest child of Wells and
Sarah Hovey) Chase, was born on "meeting-house
hill," in Newbury, Massachusetts, now West New-
bury, June 28, 1762. His school privileges were
fair for that time, one of his teachers being the
eccentric master, Simeon Chase, a widely known in-
structor of the period. When he was nine years
of age the family moved to Chester, New Hamp-
shire (now Auburn) after which time his school
advantages were very limited. It may be assumed
that the occasion of the removal from the fertile
valley of the Merrimac was the state of the family
exchequer as the amount of money necessary to
purchase a garden spot in Newbury would pay for
many acres of rocky land in the Chester woods.
As indicating the necessity for economy it may be
noted that in the construction of the house on ac-
count of the scarcity of nails, some of the floors
were laid with wooden pins which may be seen
today. The house is still in good condition and
good for another century of use but has recently
passed out of the name of Chase. Under this roof
his father and mother, three wives, two children
and himself died, and with one exception. He was
a man of strong individuality, philosophical, prac-
tical, of sterling integrity, and was often intrusted
with public duties, serving as tax collector for town
and parish, selectman and deputy sheriff. He
united with the Presbyterian Church in 1814. in
1819 was chosen ruling elder, and in 1825 visited
his two sons living in Maryland and attended the
general assembly of the church as a delegate.
From 1840 to 1850 he annuallly visited for several
weeks his son, Stephen, then professor of mathe-
matics at Dartmouth College, where he indulged to
the fullest extent his taste for reading scientific and
other works. At the age of eighty-nine he visited
the widow of the professor, who had died a few
months previously. He was social in his feelings,
and greatly enjoyed making and receiving visits.

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