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(XII) John Carroll (8), only child pf Charles
and Caroline (Chase) Chase, was born in Chester,
July 26, 1849. He grew up on his father's farm,
attended the district school and Chester Academy,
entered Pinkerton Academy in 1865, and graduated
in 1869, quite a portion of the intervening time be-
ing spent in teaching. He also attended the Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technology, being a member
of the class of 1874. His professional career as
civil engineer was begun in the office of the late
Joseph B. Sawyer, of Manchester in 1869, from
whence he followed Mr. Sawyer to the force in
charge of the construction of the city water works
system, of which Colonel John T. Fanning was the
chief, where he was employed for nearly four years.
After that period he was professionally engaged
upon the Boston Water Works and elevated railway
systems of New York city. Under the civil service
regulations he entered the New York custom house,
and after nearly two years of service resigned the
assistant cashiership in the naval office, in 1881, to
accept the position of superintendent of the Claren-
don Water Works, Wilmington, North Carolina,
which position he held until 1898 — seventeen years,
during a large portion of the time being engaged in
the general practice of his profession. He was also
for several years city surveyor of Wilmington, and
from 1893 to 1897 was the engineer member of the
state board of health. In 1898 he returned to New
Hampshire and settled in Derry. He is a member
of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the
American Public Health Association, the New Eng-
land Water Works Association, the Boston So-
ciety of Civil Engineers and several other kindred
organizations, and is the author of numerous re-
ports upon engineering topics. He is much inter-
ested in genealogical work, is a member of the New
England Historic-Genalogical Society and many
family associations, and president of the Chase-
Chace Family Association, one of the largest or-
ganizations of the kind in the country. Since 1904
he has been a member of the board of trustees of
Pinkerton Academy, of Derry. and as such was the
first alumnus to be honored by an election to that
place in almost thirty years. He has served since
1901 as secretary of the trustees and chairman of

the executive committee, and is also secretary of
the Alumni Association. He is a trustee and treas-
urer of the Taylor Library and the president of the
Nuffield Savings Bank. Since coming to Derry he
has been interested in manufacturing and is_ now
the treasurer and general manager of The Benjamin
Chase Company, makers of various specialties in
wood. He is a member of the New Hampshire,
Technology and Boston City Clubs of Boston. He
is a member of St. Mark's Lodge, No. 44, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Bell Royal Arch Chapter,
No. 25, of which order he is a past high priest ; Mt.
Nebo Council, No. 15, Royal and Select Masters,
being its present illustrious master, and of Plan-
tagenet Commandery No. i. Knights Templar,
of North Carolina, being a past commander and a
member of the Grand Commandery of that state, of
which he has been deputy grand commander, and
was for seven years chairman of its committee on
foreign correspondence. He is also a member of
Hillsborough Lodge, No. 2, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, of Manchester, into which he was
initiated in 1872; and of Cornelius Harnett Coun-
cil, No. 231, Royal Arcanum, of Wilmington, North
Carolina, of which he is a past regent. He is also a
member and past patron of Ransford Chapter No.

3, Order of the Eastern Star, of Derry.

He married, October 21. 1871, Mary Lizzie Dur-
gin, of West Newbury, Massachusetts, who was
born there May 16, 1852, daughter of Samuel and
Lydia Ann (Emery) Durgin. of West Newbury.
Thev have two daughters : Carolyn Louise, who
graduated from Pinkerton Acadamy in 1895, and
from Wellesley College in 1900; and Alice Durgin,
who is also a graduate of the same institution,
the former in 1901, and the latter in 1906. A son,
Beniamin (9), born in 1876. lived only a few
months. Carolyn Louise (9), married Raffaele
Lorini, M. D., of Coronado. California, August 25,
1906, and resides in Coronado.

(X) Henry Franklin, youngest child of Stephen
and Rhoda (Blake) Chase, was born in Chester,
August 30, 1808, and resided on the Captain John
Underbill place. He died at Westminister, Ver-
mont. March 20, 1867. He married Abigail Mitchel,
and their daughter, Anna Maria, married Julius Nel-
son Morse (see Morse, X). Mrs. Annna Maria
(Chase) Morse was one of the original members
of the Joseph Badger Chapter (Marlboro, Massa-
chusetts), Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mr. Julius N. Morse left a valuable library pf well
selected books about five hundred of which his
widow presented to the New Hampshire library
and some of which were given by her to the Keene

(VIII) Moody, tenth child of Joseph and
Mary (Morse) Chase, was born October 7, 1744,
in West Newbury. He settled in that part of the
ancient town of Chester which is now Auburn, New
Hampshire, purchasing part of the homestead of
Joseph Basford, and there passed his life, engaged
in farming. He was married. October 25, 1768. to
Anna, daughter of John Webster, of Hampstead,
New Hampshire (see Webster, IV). She died De-
cember 4, 17QT, and he was married April 19. 1792,
to Abigail (Worth), widow of William Rogers. He
died July 27, 1808, and was survived many years by
his widow, who passed away December 9, 1826. His
children, all born of the first wife, were : John W.,
Mary. Joseph, Jacob, Moody, Samuel, Caleb, Anna,
Elizabeth, Thomas and Hannah.

(IX) Joseph, second son and third child of
Moody and Anna (Webster) Chase, was born April

4, 1774, in Chester (now Auburn) and lived on



part of the homestead. In 1816 he moved to Canaan,
Grafton county, this state, where he died September
6, 1820. His wife, Nancy, was a daughter of Major
Jesse Eaton, of Chester. (See Eaton, V). She
was born September 30, 1775, in Chester, and died
January 19, 1857, in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Mr. Chase was an industrious farmer, and moved
to Canaan to improve his prospects, but was cut off
in the midst of an active career by an attack of colic,
at the early age of forty-six years. His children
were longlived and useful citizens. Jesse and Moody
died in Ohio ; David resided in Lowell, Massachu-
setts; Asa, the fourth, was a carpenter, spent his
life in Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire, and
died in Springtield, Massachusetts ; Joseph and
Nancy were twins, and both lived to be about ninety
years of age, the former exceeding that number,
dying in Lowell, Massachusetts. "The latter married
(first), a man named Currier and (second), Moody
Chase, a relative. She died in Lyme, a town ad-
joining Canaan. Horace receives notice in a follow-
ing paragraph. Eben was a harness-maker, and died
in Nashua. Sally became the wife of Uriah Lary
and lived in Canaan.

(X) Horace, sixth son and seventh child of
Joseph and Nancy (Eaton) Chase, was born March
18, 1809, in Chester, and was only seven years old
when his parents moved to Canaan. He was early
deprived of his father's care and was accustomed to
labor, in his own behalf at the beginning of his career.
He was employed as a farm laborer, and in time
became a farmer on his own account. Being incapac-
itated largely by asthma, he was forced to give up
farming, but continued to labor as long as he was
able, at intervals. A man wholly without guile, he
never harbored a dishonest thought, and strove to
sustain himself and family by honest toil. Always
a worker up to and even beyond the limit of his
powers, he seemed to enjoy hard work and, no doubt,
shortened his days by overexertion. After he left
the farm he worked with his father-in-law, who was
a blacksmith and operated a shop in Canaan, until
his death, which occurred January 3, 1878. He was
A regular attendant of the Methodist Church, and
lived up to its teachings throughout his time. Mr.
Chase was married to Abigail Staniels Martin, who
was born June 26, 1818, in Pembroke, New Hamp-
shire, and died March 29, 1901, in Concord. She
was a daughter of William and Mary (Staniels)
Martin, both descendants of early New Hampshire
families. (See Staniels). William Martin was a
descendant of Nathaniel Martin, who came from
county Donegal, Ireland, and settled in Derry, New
Hampshire. Robert Martin, father of William,
served in the Revolutionary army, having enlisted
several times from Pembroke. Two sons were born
to Horace and Abigail (Martin) Chase, namely,
William M. and Henry Martin. The latter died
at Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1901. A sketch of the
elder follows.

(XI) William Martin, elder son of Horace and
Abigail (Martin) Chase, was born December 28,
1837, in Canaan, and passed his early years in, that
rural region, where the simple life prevailed. The
foundation of his education was laid in the country
school house of the time, after which he attended
Kimball Union and Canaan Union academies. He
entered the class of 1858, in the scientific department
of Dartmouth College, in 1856, and graduated with
the class, receiving the degree of Bachelor of
Science. While in college he taught district schools
in winter, and after graduating was instructor in
mathematics and the sciences at Henniker Academy,

New Hampshire, through six terms from 1858 to

Mr. Chase began the study of law at Concord
while teaching, in 1859, with Plon. Anson S. Mar-
shall, and subsequently studied with Hon. William
P. Weeks, of Canaan. He was admitted to practice
August 21, 1862, at the session of the supreme judi-
cial court then in session at Concord. At the open-
ing of the following year he became associated with
his former preceptor under the style of Marshall &
Chase, and continued to practice under this arrange-
ment until the death of Mr. Marshall in 1874. Air.
Chase then associated himself with Hon. J. Everett
Sargent, who had just resigned the office of chief
justice of the supreme judicial court of this state,
and this connection was severed by the retirement
of Judge Sargent from business five years later.
With Frank S. Streeter as associate, Mr. Chase con-
tinued practice under the firm name of Chase &
Streeter until his appointment as associate justice
of the supreme court of the state in 1891. Ten years
later two courts were formed to take the jurisdiction
of that body — the supreme and superior courts — and
Judge Chase was continued upon the supreme bench,
in which posirion he has since remained.

Previous to his elevation to the bench. Justice
Chase was engaged in a general practice of the law,
and the firms with which he was connected were
busily and prosperously employed. During this
activity the policy of the state with reference to
railroad corporations underwent a change and, in-
stead of encouraging a competition among numerous
small and independent corporations, allowed their
consolidation under a substantially single manage-
ment, resulting in much controversy and litigation.
In this and other litigation of large financial conse-
quence, Mr. Chase's firm were employed and took an.
active part. He was also largely employed as referee
in various controversies, and it is probable that no
other in the state heard so many cases in that capac-
ity as long as he was in business. During a con-
siderable portion of the time he was a member of the
committee appointed by the court to examine can-
didates for admission to the bar. Of his work as
judge it is proper to say that he has labored dili-
gently to carry forward the work of the court, giv-
ing his best energies unceasingly to that end,
and that his appointment to the bench of the new
supreme court is ample evidence that his work has
been successful and acceptable to the people of the
state. In 1889 Justice Chase was appointed chair-
man of the commission created by the legislature
to revise, codify and amend the statutes of the state,
and the report of this commission was adopted in
1891 by the legislature as the Laws of New Hamp-
shire. In collaboration with his son he compiled
and edited an edition of the public statutes and ses-
sion laws in force January i, 1901, which has been
received favorably by all interested.

While active in large affairs, Mr. Chase has
given of his time to the service of his home town,
in various waj's and to the best interests of the state,
along various lines outside of legal matters. He
was trustee of the New Hampshire State Library
and New Hampshire Normal School several years,
and has been a trustee of Dartmouth College since
1890. For twenty years he was a member of the
board of education of the Union district of Concord,
and its president during the latter part of the term;
was fourteen years a member of the board of water
commissioners of the city of Concord. He was
elected an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society of Dartmouth College in 1883, and received



from the college the degree of Master of Arts in
1879, and Doctor of Laws in 1898. He is a member
of the JSIew Hampshire Historical Society and the
New England Historic-Genealogical Society.

Mr. Chase has been a director of the First Na-
tional Bank of Concord since 1875, and was its
president two years, and was trustee and vice-presi-
dent of the Merrimack County Savings Bank several
years. His political affiliations have been with the
Democratic party, but he has disapproved of the
policies advocated by its leaders regarding finance
and other subjects in late years, and is considered a
conservative Democrat. His religious home is in
the Congregational Church. While not a church
member, he is a regular attendant upon its religious
worship and accepts the teachings of Christ as the
best rule of life, by which his walk is ordered.

Mr. Chase was married March 18, 1863, to Miss
Ellen Sherwood Abbott, daughter of Aaron and
Nancy (Badger) Abbott, of Concord. (See Abbott,
VI). The only offspring of this marriage is a son,
Arthur Horace Chase, who was born February 16,
1864, in Concord. He graduated from Dartmouth
College in 1886, was admitted to the bar of New
Hampshire in 1889, practiced law six years, and
has been state librarian ten years.

(V) William, said to be one of the three sons of
Aquila (i) Chase, born in England, came to America
with his wife Mary and son William, in company
oi Governor Winthrop, in 1630. He thought of
going to Scituate, but finally changed his purpose
and went with a party to Cape Cod and settled in
what is now Yarmouth. He died there in May, 1659.
The widow of William Chase was found dead the
same year her husband died, and an inquest decided
that she died a natural death. The children of Wil-
liam and Mary were: William, Mary and Benjamin.

(VI) William (2), eldest child of William (i)
and Mary Chase, was born in England about 1622.
He came to America with his parents, and lived in
Yarmouth. His children were : William, Jacob,
John. Elizabeth, Abraham, Benjamin and Samuel.

(VII) Abraham, fifth child and fourth son of

William (2) Chase, married Elizabeth , and

they had ten children : Josiah, Abraham, Phineas,
Henry, Elizabeth, IMary, Tabitha, Johanna, Ex-
perience and Melicent.

(VIII) Henry, fourth son and child of Abraham
and Elizabeth Chase married (first), January 17,
I735» Mary Tripp, and (second), November 13,
1747, Sarah Durfee. By the second wife there were
Moses and other children.

(IX) Moses, son of Henry and Sarah (Durfee)
Chase, was born about 1756. He was killed by the
collapse of a shed early in 1834. He married Lydia
Kimball of Penacook. She was fatally injured in a
runaway near Horse Hill two years after the death
of her husband, and died two weeks after the acci-
dent. Their children were : Eliza, Lydia, Moses,
Catherine, Reuben, Clarissa, Baruch, Fidelia and

(X) Reuben Kimball, second son and fifth child
of Moses and Lydia (Kimball) Chase, was born in
Hopkinton, September 5, 1800, and died in the town
of Hopkinton, September 3, 1871. He was a farmer.
He married Betsey Ryan, born in New Hampshire.
She died in Manchester. They had children: Ed-
ward, James, Orrin, Matilda and Frank E.

(XI) Orrin, third son and child of Reuben and
Betsy (Ryan) Chase, was born in Hopkinton, March
22, 1843, and has always resided in that town. In
1862 he enlisted in Company D, Sixteenth New
Hampshire Volunteers, and served nine months in

the war of the Rebellion, being stationed at New
Orleans in the Department of the Gulf. He was dis-
charged at the expiration of his term, and was un-
able to work for a year following his return home.
He engaged in farming for a short time, and then
operated a saw mill for the Northern railroad now
the Boston & Maine. While thus engaged the head
came off the saw, and Mr. Chase was struck and
severely cut in many places, and still carries the
scars made by the injuries. Subsequently he was
employed as a laborer on the railroad. One day
while cutting a railroad rail a chip struck him in the
eve and destroyed it. Mr. Chase is a member of
the Grand Army of the Republic, and a Democrat.
He married, September 3, 1870, Hetty M. Badger,
born in Warner, October i, 1847, daughter of Sar-
gent E. and Emily (Foster) Badger. Their children
are : Fred J., Flarry A., Lena M. and Walter B. Fred
married Emma Hardy, of Warner, daughter of Ira
and Celia (Getchel) Hardy. Harry married (first),
Emma J. Hook, of Hopkinton, daughter of James
Hook of Hopkinton. She died July 3, 1896, and he
married (second), Lilla Burgess, of Claremont,
daughter of Amos and Martha Burgess. They have
one daughter, born December 17, 1902. Walter
married Sadie Hannaford, of Manchester. They
have one daughter, Lena, who married, April 21,
1898, Delmar W. Hastings, of Hopkinton, son of
Alfred and Susan (Perry) Hastings. They have one
son, Floyd Delmar, born January 5, 1901.

(VII) Daniel, eldest son of Moses and Ann
(Follansbee) Chase, was born September 20, 1685,
in Newbury, now West Newbury, Massachusetts.
He moved to Littleton, Massachusetts in 1725, and
thence to Sutton, same state. He was married Jan-
uary 6, 1706, to Sarah, daughter of George March,
of Groton, same state. Subsequently, he moved to
Sutton, where he died April, 1768. His children
were : Samuel, Daniel, Anne, Joshua, Judith, Ne-
hemiah, Sarah, Caleb, Moody and Moses.

(VIII) Samuel, eldest child of Daniel and Sarah
(March) Chase, was born September 28, 1707, in
Newbury, now West Newbury, and married Mary
Dudley. He settled with his family in Cornish,
New Hampshire, being one of the founders of that
town. He died August 12, 1800. His children were :
Samuel, Jonathan, Dudley, Sarah, Elizabeth, Solo-
mon, Anne and Mary.

(IX) Dudley, third son and child of Samuel and
Mary (Dudley) Chase, was born August 29, 1730,
and died April 13, 1814. He was married August
23, 1753, to Alice Corbett, and had a distinguished
family of sons, namely : Salmon, Ithamar, Baruch,
Heber, Dudley and Philander. The first was an
eminent lawyer of Portland, Maine. The fifth
graduated from Dartmouth, with honors in 1791,
and was a leader of the Vermont bar, United States
senator, and chief justice of Vermont. The youngest
was one of the most distinguished members of the
Episcopal clergy. Bishop of Ohio from 1818 to 1831,
when he resigned ; founder and first president of
Kenyon College; and Bishop of Illinois in 1835,
and founder of Jubilee College. A daughter, Rachel,
became the wife of Dr. Joseph A. (i) Denison of
Bethel and Royalton, Vermont. (See Denison,

(X) Ithamar, second son of Dudley and Alice
(Corbett) Chase, was born September 27, 1763, in
Sutton, and engaged in farming in Cornish, N'ew
Hampshire, until 1815, when he removed to Keene.
Three years previously he had engaged in the
manufacture of glass, which proved his financial un-
doing. He died at Keene in 1817. He was married



June 26, 1792, to Janey Ralston, of Keene, daughter
of Alexander and Janey (Balloch) Ralston. She
was born July 26, 1773, in Charlestown, Massachu-
setts, whither her parents came from Falkirk, Scot-
land, about 1772. In 1775 they moved to Keene,
where Alexander Ralston died aged sixty-four years,
March 29, 1810. His widow passed away in 1883, in
Cornish, and was buried in Keene. Mr. Ralston
was a distiller and inn-holder, and the "Ralston
Tavern" is historic. The Ralston family was one of
consequence, its members being handsome, cultured
and enterprising. Two of Ithamar Chase's sons,
Alexander Ralston, and Salmon Portland, achieved

(XI) Salmon Portland, son of Ithamar and
Janey (Ralston) Chase, was born January 13, 1808,
in Cornish, New Hampshire, and was one of the
most noted sons in that state, prolific of brainy men.
He inherited from two strong families those traits
which made him a leader among men and brought
him into prominence in the servjce of his country,
and in the regard of his countrymen. His early
life was that of a farmer's son, the district school
providing his education until he was nine years old.
After the death of his father he was sent to Windsor,
Vermont, where he continued his studies. At the
suggestion of his uncle, Bishop Philander Chase, he
was sent in 1820 to Worthington, Ohio, where he
had a home in the family of the Bishop, and received
instructions in a collegiate school under the latter's
charge. When Bishop Chase became president of
Cincinnati College in 1822, his nephew accompanied
the family thither, and continued his studies in the
college. In 1823 Salmon returned to his mother's
home in Keene, and soon engaged in teaching at
Royalton, Vermont. He matriculated at Dartmouth,
in 1824, and graduated with the class of 1826. An
expedition to the South in hope of finding an engage-
ment as tutor in some private family proved unsuc-
cessful, and he applied to his uncle Dudley Chase
for an appointment in the public service at Wash-
ington. That gentleman told him he had seen one
nephew ruined by an appointment, and refused to
aid him in that way. Young Chase soon found em-
ployment in a private school, and shortly became a
law student with Attorney-General William Wirt.
He was admitted to the bar of the District of Col-
umbia in 1829, and continued his school one year
longer. He then went to Cincinnati where he was
admitted to the Ohio bar. Here he began a codifi-
cation of the statutes of the state, and with copious
annotations and a sketch of the development of the
state made three volumes. This work superseded all
previous works of the kind, and made the fame of the
author, whose law practice at once assumed impor-
tance. His employment by the LaFayette and United
States Banks gave him a knowledge of financial
matters, and was an excellent preparation for the
future United States Treasurer. He became deeply
interested in the fugitive slave agitation, and was
employed in cases brought under the slave law. His
pleadings and writings on this subject became in-
fluential and were widely used by the anti-slavery
agitators throughout the country. In 1846 he was
associated with William H. Seward before the su-
preme court of the United States, in the case of
Van Zandt, and argued that the question of re-
claiming slaves in a free state was an interstate
matter and not a federal question. Up to this time
Mr. Chase had taken no partisan stand in politics,
and he now became a leader of public sentiment
toward the formation of a new party. In 1841 he
called the convention that organized the Liberty

party in Ohio, and two years later, when the Liberty
party met in convention at Baltimore for the nomi-
nation of a presidential candidate, he was a member
of its committee on resolutions. He opposed the
radical proposition to support the third clause of
the constitution if applied to the case of a fugitive
slave, but it was adopted by the convention, after
being rejected by the committee. Mr. Chase was
a leader in the movement for a convention of "All
who believed that all that is worth preserving in
republicanism can be maintained only by uncompro-
mising war against the usurpation of the slave power,
and are therefore resolved to use all constitutional
means to effect the extinction of slavery within
the respective states." At the resultant meeting
in Cincinnati in 1845, in June, Mr. Chase was chair-
man of the committee on platform, and prepared
the address, urging the necessity of a political or-
ganization with the overthrow of the slave power

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