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F. Sprague, dry goods dealers, and continued sev-
eral years with them. Finding the confinement of
the business detrimental to his health, he left the
store and established a livery boarding stable, which
he has ever since conducted with success. Like
his ancestors he is an earnest supporter of the Re-
publican principles. He is a member of the Queen
City Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Manchester, of
the Royal Arcanum, Ancient Order United Work-
men, Workmen's Benefit Association, and the New
England Order of Pilgrims. He is also a member
of Ihe First Congregational Church at Manchester.
He was married, January 2, 1878, to Susan M.
Downing, who was born March 29, 1855, in Weare,
daughter of Oscar and Susan (Cochran) Downing,
of that town. She died December 23, 1904, leaving
a daughter, Clara May Gove, who was born Decem-
ber 10, 1878, in Weare, and resides with her father.
She was graduated from Manchester high school,
class '98. For the past four years she has been di-
rectress of sewing in the public schools of Worces-
ter, Massachusetts, with three assistants. When not
engaged in teaching she resides with her father in
Manchester. She is also a member of the First
Congregational Church of Manchester.

(V) Obadiah, third son of John and Ruth
(Johnson) Gove, married Mary Dow and had

(VI) Elijah, son of Obadiah and Mary (Dow)
Gove, married Swan Jewell and had children.

(VII) Daniel, son of Elijah and Swan (Jewell)
Gove, married Anna Davis and had children.

(VIII) Levi, son of Daniel and Anna (Davis)
Gove, married Mary Rand. Levi was born in the
town of Gilford, New Hampshire, August 15, 1824,
received his education in the town schools and
afterward made farming his life occupation. In
politics he was a Democrat. He married Mary
Rand, September 2, 1855. They had children.

(IX) Ansel Fred, son of Levi and Mary (Rand)
Gove, was born in the town of Gilford, January
21, 1S66, and was educated in the public schools
and New Hampton Business College, graduating
from the latter institution. In business life he has
followed the example of his ancestors and is a
farmer, cattle raiser and lumber dealer, and his
efforts have been rewarded with gratifying success.
He is past master of Mt. Belknap Grange, No. 52,
Patrons of Husbandrj'-, and a member of Chocoma
Lodge, No. 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Lakeport, and has served continuously as select-
man of Gilford since 1902, being now chairman of
the board. On October 31. 1893, he married Julia
A. Weeks, a popular teacher, daughter of William
H. and Mary I. (Potter) Weeks, who came of an

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old Gilford family and one of the respected fami-
lies of New England.

(IX) Charles H., son of Levi and Mary (Rand)
Gove, was born in Gilford, New Hampshire, May
14, 1859, and was educated in the common schools
of that town. After leaving school and in the
year 1887 he started a general blacksmithing and re-
pair shop in Gilford, and in connection therewith
has built up a successful business in the manufac-
ture of wagons, carts, sleighs, etc. He married,
February 2. 1S84, Ora A. Sawyer, daughter of Levi
D. and Mary A. (Dane) Sawyer. Mr. and" Mrs.
Gove have one child, Willis A. Gove, born May
22, 1888.

(V) David, son of John (2) and Ruth (John-
son) Gove, was born May 10, 1731, in Hampton
Falls, in which town he resided for a time. He re-
moved to Seabrook, and from there in the spring
of 1781 to Weare, New Hampshire, where he died
February 4, 1799. He was married, December 21,
1757. to IMartha, daughter of Nathan Hoag, of New-
ton, Massachusetts. His widow survived him
nearly thirty years, dying January 4, 1829, aged
ninety-one years. Their children were Hannah,
Abigail and Josiah. The first married David
Green and the second Elisha Green, and all resided
in Weare.

(VI) Josiah, only son of David and Martha
(Hoag) Gove, was born June 2"], 1773, in Sea-
brook, New Hampshire, and removed with his par-
ents before he was eight years old to Weare, where
he grew up. He settled on the west side of lot
30 in the Middle Range, on part of his father's
homestead, which has continued in the family al-
most uninterruptedly to the present day, and is
now owned by a prominent attorney of the name
residing in Boston. He was married, December 5,
1799, to Rebecca, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary
(Green) Breed, of Lynn, Massachusetts, and Ken-
sington, New 'Hampshire, respectively. She was
born November 20, 1777, in Weare, and died Au-
gust 19, 1866. in her eighty-ninth year. Mr. Gove
died May 18, 1850. Their children were: Albert,
Ira, Otis, William and George. The first resided
in Lynn, Massachusetts, and died there. The sec-
ond is_ the subject of the succeeding paragraph.
The third died at the age of thirty years, in Weare.
William was employed about thirty years in the
pension office at Washington, District of (Colum-
bia, where he died. George died at the age of
thirty years.

(VII) Ira, second son of Josiah and Rebecca
(Breed) Gove, was born July 4. 1805, in Weare,
where he grew up. Early in life he went to Lynn,
Massachusetts, where he engaged in the manufac-
ture of shoes and became proprietor of a custom
shop, which he operated at that time about one
year. He then became foreman of the factory of
Samuel Boyes at that place, and continued in this
capacity three years. Subsequently he engaged in
manufacturing en his own account, but on account
of the financial panic of 1837 he was obliged to
su.spend_ operations in 1839, and in 1840 he went to
Painesville, Ohio, where he built a steam flouring
mill and continued its. operation four years. His
health becoming impaired on account of the cli-
mate of that new region, he returned to Lynn in
1844, and in 1846 removed to Weare, where he set-
tled on the homestead farm. Here he again en-
gaged in the manufacture of shoes, and also con-
tinued farming for some time. Thence he again
went to Lynn, and engaged in the manufacture of



shoes with good success, but in a short time his
health began to fail and he was compelled to re-
turn to the home farm in Weare. Here he became
associated with his son in the manufacture of shoes,
which he continued until 1870, and then retired on
account of his advanced age. His last years were
spent with his daughter in Claremont, New Hamp-
shire, where he died December 23, 1891. He became
affiliated with the Alasonic order in Lynn, and was
a member of the fire department of that city while
residing there. In religious faith he was a Uni-
versalist. He was among the founders of the Re-
publican party, casting his vote in support of his
convictions, and serving two terms in the state
legislature, as representative of the town of Weare.
He was married, November 29, 1831, to Harriet
Phillips, who was born April 12. 1815, in Lynn,
Massachusetts, daughter of William and Betsey
(Granger) Phillips of that city. She died Novem-
ber 17, 1S78. Brief mention of their children fol-
lows : Harriet Ella married Eben M. Colby, re-
sided in Chicago, and died in Weare, January i,
1872 ; their daughter Helen is the wife of Robert
McKean, of Manchester. George Ira resided on
the home farm, was associated with his father in
the manufacture of shoes, and now resides at Gras-
mere. Maria Augusta is the widow of Sewall L.
Fogg, residing in Manchester (see Fogg, VI).
Helen Elizabeth, born in Painesville, Ohio, is the
wife of Rowland R. Kelley and resides in Williams-
town, Massachusetts. Rebecca Breed, also born in
Painesville, married Josiah Gove," resided at Clare-
mont, and died there, February 2, 1904.

(III) Ebenezer, fourth son and eighth child of
Edward and Hannah (Titcomb) Gove, was born
June 23, 1671, in Hampton, and lived in the south
part of the town, now Hampton Falls. He was
married, December 20, 1692, to Judith Sanborn,
who was born August 8, 1675, iri Hampton, daugh-
ter of John and Judith (Coffin) Sanborn. Their
children were : Jeremiah, Edward. Sarah, Judith,
Ebenezer, Lydia, Enoch, Nathan. Mary and Rachel.

(IV) Edward (2), second son and child of Eb-
enezer and Judith (Sanborn) Gove, was born May
29, 1696, in Hampton, and resided in that part of
ancient Hampton which is now Seabrook. He first
married Bethiah Clark, who was born 1697, and died
April 19, 1727. He was married (second), January
16, 1728, to Mary Moulton, who was born Decem-
ber 16, 1706, daughter of Daniel and Mary Moulton.
She died October 20, 1793. Edward Gove's chil-
dren were: Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Ebenezer, Judith,
Hannah, Winthrop. Mary and Abigail.

(V) Nathaniel, eldest son and second child of
Edward (2) and Bethiah (Clark) Gove, was born
June 20, 1721, in what is now Seabrook. He re-
iTioved to Kingston, where he was a prominent man,
active in town affairs and served as selectman.
He was married, September 14, 1743, to Susannah
Stickney, who was born April 10, 1724, daughter
of Moses and Sarah (Wardwell) Stickney, of New-
bury. Massachusetts. They had twelve children,
among whom were : Nathaniel, who moved to
Deering and later to Vermont. Abraham, Edward
and Michael.

(VI) Abraham, son of Nathaniel and Susannah
(Stickney) Gove, settled in Deering, New Hamp-
shire, where he signed the association test in 1776.
He was the owner of considerable land and was
frequently employed in town affairs. He was mar-
ried, October 2, 1772, by Rev. Samuel Perley, of
Seabrook, to Mary Nudd. They we're the parents
of the following children: Sarah, Nanna, Jona-

than, Abraham, Samuel, Mary, Betty, Polly, Lydia,
Ebenezer, Benjamin and Jemima.

(VII) Abraham (2), second son and fourth
child of Abraham (i) and Mary (Nudd) Gove,
was born 1780, in Deering, and settled early in life
in Henniker, New Hampshire, upon the farm well
known by his name in the easterly part of the town.
He was a worthy citizen and an excellent farmer.
He married Nancy Jones, and they had eleven
children : Jeremiah, Louisa, Sophia, Mark, Alfred,
Wyer. Lydia, Mary, Jeannette, Harriet and Char-
lotte. Abraham Gove died May 26.

(VIII) Jeremiah, eldest of the eleven children
of Abraham (2) and Nancy (Jones) Gove, was
born in Henniker, New Hampshire, November 22,
1804. He was educated in the common schools
there, and was a general farmer in Henniker, Hop-
kinton and Warner. In politics he was a Demo-
crat. He married Clara Rowell. They had three
children : Mary Etta, who died young. Newton,
who is a farmer in Contoocook, and Charles. The
family attend the Methodist Church.

(IX) Charles, youngest of the three children of
Jeremiah and Clara (Rowell) Gove, was born in
Warner, New Hampshire. February 12, 1842. He
was educated in the common schools. He has a
farm of eighty acres, finely located, and carries on
a dairy business. In politics he is a Democrat.
He is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Central Lodge,
No. 87, and has been through all the chairs. He
has also served on the school committee. He has
been twice married. His first wife was Annie T,
Shepherd, and they have one child. Frank B. Gove,
born December 28, 1870. Charles Gove married
(second), Annie Maria Olsson, daughter of Captain
Olaf and Mattie (Anderson) Olsson, who w^as born
in Gutenberg, Sweden. July 4, 1848. They were
married December 5, 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Gove
are Christian Scientists.

The earliest discovered records of
OILMAN anything like the name Oilman are

connected with Wales. Cilmin Troed-
dhu (i. e. Kilmin with the black foot) of Glynllison
in Uwch Gwir Vai, in Caer-yn-Arvonshire, lived
in the year 843, in the time of Roderick the Great,
with whom he came out of the north of Britain.
He bore argent, a man's leg couped, sable. The
Glyns of Glynllison are descended from Cilmin,
whose name is also spelled Kilmin. This Cilmin
was head of one of the fifteen noble tribes of
North Wales, and there appears to be good reason
to believe that he was one of the ancestors of the
Gilmins of England, Ireland, and America. The
American branch of the family, the largest of all,
are the descendants of Edward Oilman, of Hingham,
England. In the sixteenth century and previously
the name was variously spelled : Gilmyn, Gilmin,
Gylmyn, Gylmin, Gyllmyn, and sometimes Guylmyn.
Religious persecution, the cause which expelled
the first emigrants from Old England, sent Edward
Oilman and his family to Massachusetts ; and from
this one family has sprung a multitudinous pro-

The family of Oilman, is not one furnishing a
few brilliant exceptions to a long list of common
place names. Its members appear generally to have
been remarkable for the quiet home virtues, and
rather to have desired to be good citizens than men
of great name. To an eminent degree they appear
to have obtained the esteem and respect of those
nearer to them for sound judgment and sterling
traits of character. Thus in the towns in which



they have dwelt their reputation is high. Other
names were more prominent in New Hampshire
for a time; some men performed more conspicuous
services, or underwent more extraordinary trials ;
"but the sturdy phalanx of Gilnians did more,"
says their genealogist, "to keep up the steady course
of the colon}', the province, and the state (in
America) certainly till 1815, than any two or three
other families together."

(I) From the parish register of Caston it is
found that Edward Oilman married, June 12, 1550,
Rose Rysse, who survived her husband and proved
his will, which was dated February 5, 1573, on July
7, in the same year. By his will he devised his
houses and lands in Caston to his eldest son, John,
and his other estates, lands, at Saham Toney being
mentioned, were divided between his other three
sons and his five daughters. The widow married
(second), at Caston, April 3, 1578, John Snell, and
was buried at Caston, October 3, 1613. As the
parish registers of Caston commence in 1539, the
date and place of birth of Edward Oilman are not
known. The children of Edward Oilman and Rose
Rysse, his wife, virere : John, Edward, Robert,
Lawrence, Margaret, Katherine, Rose, Jane and
Elizabeth. (Mention of Robert and descendants
forms part of this article.)

(II) Edward (2), second son of Edward (i)
and Rose (Rysse) Oilman, was born in Caston.
Rev. Robert Peck, of Hingham, England, led a
party of one hundred and thirty-three men, women
and children from England to America. They em-
barked in the ship "Diligent" of Ipswich, Captain
John Martin, which left Oravesend, April 26, and
arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, August 10, 1638.
Among those who composed the Pilgrim band were
Edward Oilman, with his wife, three sons, and two
daughters, and three servants. He settled in Hing-
ham, where he was admitted freeman December 13,
1638. In 1641 a tract of land eight miles square
then called Seekonk, now Rehoboth, was granted
to Edward Oilman and others by the Plymouth
Colony. In 1643 his estate was three hundred
pounds. His name does not appear on the records of
that town after 1646. In 1647 his name appears in
Ipswich, and September 18, 1648, Edward Oilman,
Jr., sold to his father, Edward Oilman, the farm
given him by his father-in-law, Richard Smith.
Edward Oilman and his sons removed to Exeter,
New Hampshire, and there Edward died June 22,
1681. He married in Hingham, England, June
3, 1614, Mary Clark. Their children were: Mary,
Edward, Sarah, Lydia, John and Moses; and from
these sons the Oilmans of New Hampshire have

(HI) Edward (3), eldest son and second child
of Edward (2) and Mary (Clark) Oilman, was
baptized at Hingham, England, December 26, 1617.
He came to America with his parents, and in 1647
removed to Exeter, New Hampshire, probably from
Ipswich, and finding suitable sites for saw mills
and plenty of timber, he entered into an agree-
ment with the town, November 4, whereby he was
accepted as a townsman and given privileges to
enable him to build mills. In accordance with this
agreement he erected mills upon a spot which has
ever since been improved as a mill privilege. His
father-in-law, it appears, has presented him with
a place at Ipswich, which he sold to his_ father
in 1648. He is described as active, enterprising and
judicious, and immediately became a popular and
leading man of Exeter. In 1648 he was on the
committee to treat with a Mr. Thomson "to come
to Exeter to be our minister," and if he would not

come to engage some other, with the advice of
the elders of Boston, Charlestown, and Roxbury.
In 1650 he was one of the committee who signed
the agreement with Mr. Samuel Dudley "to inhabit
Exeter and be a minister of Ood's word unto us
until such time as Ood shall be pleased to make
way for the gathering of a church, and then he
shall be ordained the pastor or teacher, according
to the ordinance of God." In 1641 he was one of /(
a committee "to make an agreement with Hampton
and Dover about the bounds or to petition the gen-
eral court if they can't agree." Grants of land were
repeatedly made to him by the town, the last of
which was May 10, 1652, and upon the same day his
father and brother Moses were, "upon their request,"
accepted as townsmen. His brother John was con-
nected in business with him at one time. In 1653
Edward went to England for mill gearing, and
never returned, having been lost at sea. His widow
administered on his estate in 1655. He married,
after he came to America, a daughter of Richard
Smith, of Ipswich, formerly of Shropham, Nor-
folk, England, and they had five children: Ed-
ward, Joshua, Charles, John and Daniel.

(IV) Edward (4), eldest child of Edward (3)

and (Smith) Oilman, was born 1648,

died 1692. He married, December 20, 1674, Abigail
(probably daughter of Antipas) Maverick. Their
children were : Edward, Antipas, Maverick, Abi-
gail, Catherine and Elizabeth.

(V) Edward (5), eldest child of Edward (4)
and Abigail (Maverick) Oilman, was born October
20, 1675. He married Abigail Folsom (see Fol-
som, VII), and had children: Edward, Antipas,
Jonathan, Maverick and Mary.

(VI) Antipas, second son and child of Ed-
ward (5) and Abigail (Folsom) Oilman, born 1705,
lived in Brentwood, and subsequently removed to
Oilmanton, where he died January, 1793, aged eighty-
eight. He married Lydia Thing, and they had eight
children : Abigail, Antipas, Samuel, Edward, Jona-
than, Deborah, Benjamin and Nathaniel.

(VII) Samuel, second son and third child of
Antipas and Lydia (Thing) Oilman, was born
March 8, 1732, and resided in Oilmanton. He died
of camp fever, May 7, 1776. The first town meeting
was held in his house, July 31, 1766. He married
Hannah Tilton, born July 9, 1730, and they had
twelve children : Samuel, John, Betsey, Peter, Han-
nah, Levi, Lydia, Nathaniel, Anna, David, Dolly and

(VIII) Levi, fourth son and sixth child of
Samuel and Hannah (Tilton) Oilman, was born
in Oilmanton, and with his elder brother Samuel
settled, about 1790, on the south side of Ounstock,
or Meeting-house Hill, in Oilmanton, now Oilford,
where he engaged in farming. Levi Oilman had
children: William, Levi, Samuel, Benjamin, Dorothy,
Polly, Hope, and probably others.

(IX) Samuel, third son and child of Levi Oil-
man, was born on his father's farm in Oilford,
where he lived the life of a well-to-do farmer.
He married a Miss Beedie, and their children were:
Lyman W., Eliza, Lydia, Morrill, Anna and Al-
bert C.

(X) Lyman Walker, eldest child of Samuel and

(Beedie) Oilman, was born in Gilford,

October 4, 1821, and died in Laconia, February,
1890, aged sixty-eight. He grew up on a farm and
had the usual common school education. He learned
the carpenter's trade and was employed for a time
in Boston, then returned to New Hampshire and
went into the employ of the Randlctt Manufacturing
Company, now the Laconia Car Company, where he



worked at carpentry. Here he kept pace with the
business, was overseer of one shop and later of
two. The amount of labor necessary to the dis-
charge of his duties overtaxed his strength and
he resigned, and the work was afterwards performed
by two overseers. After leaving the Randlett Com-
pany he engaged in the business of carriage build-
ing on his own account, for a time, but later returned
to the employ of the car company, where he was
employed the remainder of his active life. He
was first a Whig in politics, then during the con-
tinuance of the Know Nothing party he was a
member of that organization, and on the rise of the
Republican party he became a member of that. He
was an early member of Winnipiseogee Lodge, No.
7, of which he was later noble grand. He was an
upright citizen and a useful member of the com-
munity. He married, August 17, 1843, Dorothy
Emeline Morrison, born December 12, 1819, died
September 13, 1903, daughter of Benjanun and
Dorothy (Oilman) Morrison, of Gilford, and they
were the parents of six children : Josephine E.,
Augusta F., Edward F., Frank L., died in in-
fancy ; Luella L., and Frank L., next mentioned.
(XI) Frank L., youngest child of Lyman W.
and Dorothy E. (Morrison) Gilman, was born in
Gilford, now Laconia, September 29, 1858. He
obtained his education in the common schools, and
then entered the Laconia passenger depot, where he
lea/ned telegraphy, and became telegraph operator
and ticket agent, holding these positions from 1876
to 1880. In the summer of 1881 he went to Old
Orchard Beach, where he was telegraph operator
until October, and then went to Boston, where he'
was employed in the Western .Union Telegraph
Company's office on State street, until July, 1882.
Resigning that place at that date he returned to
Laconia and became assistant postmaster under
Perley Putnam, holding that position during Mr.
Putnam's term, and the first six months of the
term of Mr. Putnam's successor, Nathaniel Edgerly.
In October, 1887, Mr. Gilman resigned and for the
next year or two was collector for the Laconia
Democrat, clerk for George R. Leavitt in the wood
and coal business, and agent for the Singer Manu-
facturing Company. In the fall of 1888 he was
elected register of probate for Belknap county, took
charge of the office in July, 1889, and served till
the end of his term in 1891. In the latter year he
was made assistant postmaster, and filled that place
until October, 1895. He was elected tax collector
of the city of Laconia in 1895, ^"<i again in 1896,
and performed the functions of that office, acting
at the same time as agent for the New York Life
Insurance Company. July 2, 1897, he was appointed
by President McKinley postmaster of Laconia. In
1902 was re-appointed by President Roosevelt, and
in 1906 was re-appointed again, and is now con-
tinuing on his third term. Mr. Gilman is a very
methodical man, thoroughly competent, honorable,
honest, and prompt in the discharge of his duties.
He has never failed to give satisfaction to all
reasonable people in the offices he has filled. His
general success and popularity might be attributed
to the characteristics enumerated, but there is an-
other which has contributed more than any of
these to his success. He is even tempered and
suave— always a gentleman.

He is a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge,
No. 32, and Union Royal Arch Chapter, No. 7,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ; of Winnipiseo-
gee Lodge, No. 7, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows; Laconia Encampment, No. 9, of which he is

a past chief patriarch, and of Canton Osgood,- No.
5, of which he is a past captain. He is a member
of Belknap County Fish and Game League, and
has served as president and member of the board
of managers of the First Free Baptist Church So-
ciety of Laconia.

Frank L. Gilman married (first), in Manchester,
New Hampshire, December 31, 1881, Ruth W.
Barber, of Lewiston, Maine, born in Sherbrooke,
Province of Quebec, in 1858, daughter of Horace
and Julia Barber. She died April 6, 1883, leaving
one son R. Frank Gilman, born March 19, 1883, now
(1906) a clerk in the Laconia postoffice. Mr. Gil-
man married (second) Emma J. Jones, born Au-
gust 22, 1863, daughter of Chadwick B. Jones, of
Epsom. She died February 8, 1901.

(II) Robert, third son of Edward and Rose
(Rysse) Gilman, was baptized in Caston, July 10,
1559) and was buried there March 6, 1631. The
Christian name of his wife was Mary and his chil-
dren were : Robert, Edward, Lawrence and John.

(III) Edward, second son of Robert and Mary
Gilman, was married in Old Hingham to Mary
Clark. With his wife, fiye children and three
servants he sailed from Gravesend, April 26, 1638,
in the ship '"Diligent," John Martin, master, which
arrived at Boston, August to, following, and the

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