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near the old "Iron Works" southwest of the present
city of Concord. Their children were: William,
born in 1816, died October 13, 1826; Curtis, Mary
Ann, born June 20, 1821, died March 9, 1852, un-
married; and Daniel C, born October 6, 1822, died
about 1903 in Alton, Illinois.

(IV) Curtis, second son and child of Daniel
and Mary (Carter) White, was born in Bow, April
4. 1819, was educated in the common schools, and
for a time worked on a farm. In 1851 he settled
in Concord and learned the carpenter's trade, and
worked at that in Concord and vicinity for twenty
years. He subsequently became a wheelwright, and
followed that occupation for ten years in Concord.
In the days of the Whigs he was a member of that
party, and soon after it gave place tg the Republican
party he became a member of the latter organiza-
tion. Mr. White's thoroughly upright character
and pleasant- personality made him many friends,
and put him in many offices of responsibility and
trust. When a young man he was a lieutenant in
the militia. In 1846 he was paymaster of the
Eleventh Regiment, New Hampshire Militia (some-
times called the "Bloody Eleventh," filling that
office one year. He served one year as a member
of the common council, and two years as alderman
of Concord. In 1861 he was elected to the board of
selectmen, and is now (1906) on the board, hav-
ing filled the place twenty-two years in the time
since his first election, and is still performing the
functions of that office. He has been twenty-six
years an assessor of Concord, and for four terms
of five years each he was justice of the peace, and
quorum for the state.

Mr. White is an Odd Fellow, first becoming a
member of White Moutain Lodge, No. 5. and after-
ward a charter member of Rum ford Lodge, No. 46,
where he passed the chairs. Fie is also a member
of Penacook Encampment, No. 3, of wdiich he is a
past chief patriarch, and a member of the grand
lodge and grand encampment of the state. When



the Knights of Pythias was a young organization
Mr. White became a charter member of Concord
Lodge, No. 8, and was elected past chancellor,
without passing the subordinate chairs. At the
second meeting of the grand lodge of the Knights,
he was made past grand chancellor of the order
without having previously filled offices in the grand
body. At the meeting of the grand lodge in 1882
he was elected grand master of the exchequer, and
has held the office since by virtue of repeated re-
elections. Mr. White professed the Baptist faith in
1862, and is now a member of the First Baptist
Church of Concord. He married, March 29, 1853,
Hannah Buntin, of Bow, daughter of Benjamin and
Lydia (Hackett) Buntin. She was born May 7,
1826, and died June 16, 1888. They had one child,
Anna, born November 12, 1856, who married, De-
cember S. 1S80, Josiah Eastman Fernald (see Fer-
nald, VHI).

This family does not appear to be con-
WHITE nected with the Whites whose history
has been previously written. Undoubt-
edly the present line is descended from one of the
six early immigrants of the name, but the family
is so numerous that it has been impossible to trace
the early antecedents of this branch.

(I) Samuel White was born in Ossipee. New
Hampshire, toward the close of the eighteenth cen-
tury. He died in 1873, aged eighty-six years. He
married Philena Tibbetts, a native of the same

(H) Allen Gannett, son of Samuel and Philena
(Tibbetts) White, was born at Ossipee, New-
Hampshire, in 1821. He attended various schools,
and then engaged in teaching for several years.
He made quite a local reputation in this profes-
sion, and was unusually successful in insubordinate
districts, which had the name of not allowing a
master to complete the term. Becoming tired of
this occupation, he went into the store of Moses
Merrill at Centre Ossipee as clerk, later entered
into partnership with Mr. Merrill, and finally went
into business for himself, which he successfully
conducted until his death. He was for several
j-ears superintendent of schools at Ossipee. He
was a strong Democrat, and an energetic worker
in the Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. White mar-
ried Elizabeth R. Lougee, who was born in Parson-
field, Maine. They had seven children : Orlando
L.. Clara Bell, Charles Allen, whose sketch follows ;
George Belmont, Augusta Amanda, Herbert Elmore
and Scott Lougee. Allen Gannett White died at
JMoultonville, June 29, 1873, and his wife is still

(HI) Charles Allen, second son and third child
of Allen Gannett and Elizabeth (Lougee) White,
was born at Ossipee, New Hampshire, September
I. 1854. He attended various schools, and after-
wards a private high school, w^hicli he left at the age
of sixteen to go to work in his father's store.
Afterwards he was employed in a shoe factory.
At the age of twenty-three he fitted himself to en-
ter a business college, but before he began his
course bought a half interest from his brother, Or-
lando L. White, who had a general store. Together
they bought the W. H. Wiggin property, and
moved into the store. About two years after this
partnership w-as formed Orlando L. White died,
and Charles A. White took his youngest brother,
Herbert E. White, into the business, still keeping the
old firm name of O. L. and C. A. White. Twenty
years from the day they moved into the store they
sold out the stock to S. O. Huckins, who leased

the building for three years, during which time
Mr. Charles A. White took charge of the local
section of the Telephone Company. At the expira-
tion of the lease Mr. White resumed business, and
Mr. Huckins moved into his new store alone, but
still continued the old firm name. In politics Mr.
White is a Democrat, and was postmaster under
Cleveland. He has always held some town office,
and was selectman in 1884-85-86, and again in
1894-95-96. He has been supervisor of elections,
and was a member of the school board for years.
He is a member of Ossipee Valley Lodge, No._ 74,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and on the night
of his promotion to Master Mason was elected war-
den, and six months from that night was elected
master. He has held various chairs in the Knights
of Pythias, and is also a member of the Grange.
In 1887 Charles Allen White married Emma Jose-
phine Palmer, daughter of Frank and Emily Palmer,
of Ossipee. They have one child, Kenwood, born
February 2, 1902.

(I) Timothy White, an industrious farmer and
conscientious member of the Second Advent
Church in Ossipee, New Hampshire, was born in
that town in 1803, and died in Madison, New
Hampshire, 1879. Perhaps the best years of his
active life were spent in Madison, where he occu-
pied a position of considerable influence and where
he was several times elected selectman, but declined
to qualify and serve in that office. _ He had pre-
viously held the same office in Ossipee, and while
not averse to its duties in Madison the farm and
its successful cultivation were of greater importance
to him. His lands comprised about three hundred
and fifty acres, and were always well tilled, well
stocked, and had good buildings. His wife, Mary
(Clark) White, was born in Parsonfield, New
Hampshire, in 1809, and died in Madison in _ 1878.
Their four children were: Mary, who died in in-
fancy. David, born in Ossipee and died in Madi-
son. Lorenzo, born in Ossipee, and resides in Ro-
chester, New Hampshire. Sylvester, see forward.

(II) Sylvester, youngest of the children of Tim-
othy and Mary (Clark) White, was born in Os-
sipee, New Hampshire. April 25, 1833. In early
life he was a farmer, and later on became a shoe-
maker and worked at that trade, but did not give
up farming entirely. He resided for a time in
Northwood, but now resides in Gossville, New
Hampshire. He married, 1857, Elizabeth J. Ger-
rish, who was born in Deerfield, New Hampshire,
and died while visiting in Nottingham, New Hamp-
shire, in 1900. Sylvester and Elizabeth J. (Ger-
rish) White had one chM, Edgar F. White, now
of Epsom, New Hampshire.

(III) Edgar F., only son and child of Sylvester
and Elizabeth J. (Gerrish) White, was born in
Madison, New Hampshire, December 2, 1858, and
received his education in the schools of that town
and Northwood, New Hampshire. Like his father,
he also became a shoemaker and together with
working at his trade carried on a general shoe store.
His stock at one time was worth five thousand dol-
lars, and was destroyed by fire, causing him a se-
rious loss, as he carried an insurance of only abotit
fifteen hundred dollars. Worse than all else, his
health failed, but not his ambition, and he next
turned his attention to farming and teaming until
he again became strong. He also ran the stage be-
tween Northwood and Epsom for some dme. and
afterward moved into the town last mentioned and
set up a shoe shop. Still later he leased a hotel in
Epsom, conducts it successfully, and purchased
the property in 1901. Since he came to live in Ep-



som Mr. White has engaged in lumbering in con-
nection with his other enterprises, and also has car-
ried on a livery business. Notwithstanding his early-
losses by fire and poor health his business life has
been successful, and now he is in comfortable cir-
cumstances. He is a Granger, and in politics a Re-
publican. He is inclined to be liberal in his re-
ligious views, although brought up under the in-
fluences of the Second Advent Church. On Sep-
tember 22, 1882, Mr. White married Annie M. Ver-
ity, who was born in Andover, Massachusetts, May
25, 1859. They have four children: Myrtle F.,
born in Rochester, New Hampshire, October 30,
1884, married J. Arthur Griffon, September i, 1906.
Elsie S., born in Madison, December 30, 1889. Er-
vin, born in Madison, August 26, 1894. Earl, born
in Northwood, January 8, 1896.

The White family of this article is of
WHITE Irish extraction and has attained to the
third generation in America. Its
members have shown the impetuous energy com-
mon to the Celtic race, and some of them, though
born poor, have outstripped many citizens born to
wealth and influence.

(I) William White was born in Ireland about
1836, and when twenty-five or thirty years of age
came to America and settled in Somersworth, New
Hampshire, vv-here he was a laborer. He died Oc-
tober I, 1879, aged forty-two years. He married,
in 1868, Mary O'Brien, who was born in Ireland,
now living in Dover, aged sixty-nine years, daugh-
ter of Michael and Julia (Canty) O'Brien, by whom
he had six children : Mary C, Michael J., John P.,
William F., James and Julia. Mary C. was born
March 16, 1869, and lives in Dover. Michael J.
is mentioned below. John P., born September 17,
1873, lives in Dover. William F., born September,
1875. lives in Dover. Rev. James, born September,
1877, was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman
Catholic Church by Archbishop Bruchesi, of Mon-
treal, Canada, December, 1905, and is now assist-
ant pastor of St. Ann's Church, Manchester, New
Hampshire. Julia, born May 22, 1880, resides in
Dover. . /

(II) Michael Joseph, second child and eldest
son of William and Mary (O'Brien) White, was
born in Somersworth, March 2. 1871. At ,the age
of ten years he accompanied his parents on their
removal to Dover, where he has since resided. His
education was obtained in the public schools of
Somersworth, which he left at ten years of age for
Dover, where he attended the public school three
months, and at the evening schools which he at-
tended for a time. Immediately after going to Do-
ver he became a back boy in the Cocheco Mills.
After a term of service in that capacity he learned
mule spinning and worked at that occupation until

At the age of fifteen he became a member of
the Knights of Labor, and a year later became a
charter member of Local Lodge No. i, of the Boot
and Shoemakers' International Union. In 1889 he
became a member of the Mule Spinners' Union,
and subsequently filled all the offices of the local
union, being elected president at the age of eighteen,
and holding that position through several _ serious
difficulties, one of which was a strike lasting five
months. In 1895 he was elected member of the ex-
ecutive board of the Mule Spinners' National Un-
ion, where he served until 1899. In tHt year he
was elected vice-president of the organization and
in 1902 was chosen president and served four years,
retiring in 1906, and being made a life member of

the order. He was one of the organizers of the
United Textile Workers of America, and was a
member of its executive board until he retired in
190O. Since 1896 he has been prominent in Dem-
ocratic local political circles, and for four years was
a member of the Democratic state committee. In
1906 he was elected mayor of Dover, and is but
the second Democrat who has filled that office since
the organization of the city. Mayor White has
risen from a humble position to a place of honor
and trust, and is a well-known and popular citizen.
He has filled many positions of honor and trust.
From childhood he has been identified with the
Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America.

This name has been traced to a remote
DODGE period in England, and has been very

widely distributed over the United
States, beginning with the earliest settlement of the
New England colonies. It has been distinguished in
law and letters, in divinity, in war, in politics and
in every leading activity of the human family and is
still identified with the progress of events in New
Hampshire and other states. It has turned out from
Harvard nineteen graduates, from Yale a dozen,
from Dartmouth ten, from the University of Ver-
mont ten, from Columbia College eight, Union Col-
lege six, Andover Theological Seminary five, Bow-
doin College five. University of Wisconsin five,
Brown University three, Colby University three,
Williams College two and Middlebury College one.
The records of the Colleges of Heraldry in England
show that a coat of arms was granted to Peter
Dodge, of Stockworth, county of Chester, in 1306,
and later a patent to John Dodge, of Rotham, in the
county of Kent, in 1546. It is declared that he was
descended from Peter Dodge of Stockworth. The.
name is found frequently in various sections of
England, and in the sixteenth and seventeenth cen-
turies there were Dodges of honorable character
and connection in the counties of Cheshire, Kent,
Norfolk and Down. On the eleventh of May, 1629,
there sailed from the harbor of Yarmouth, Eng-
land, the "Talbot," a vessel of three hundred tons
and the "Lion's Whelp," a neat and nimble ship of
one hundred and twenty tons, and they arrived at
Salem, Massachusetts, on the twenty-ninth of the
June following. This marks the arrival of the first
of the name of Dodge in America.

(I) John Dodge and his wife. Mar j one, resided
in Somersetshire, England, where the following chil-
dren were born to them, namely : William, Richard,
Michael and Mary. An examination of the parish
registry of East Coker, Somersetshire, England,
discloses the records of the births of these children.
It is also learned that Richard Dodge was in 1633 a
duly admitted tenant by entry hold of land in Hel-
yar Manor in East Coker, that this manor came into
the possession of its then owner about 1616. and
that Richard came there from St. Badeaux,. Devon-
shire about four miles from Plymouth, in that year.
(Mention of Richard and numerous descendants
forms part of this article). , ,, • •

(II) William, eldest child of John and Marjorie
Dodge, settled in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1629.
There is a tradition that he was about at his ma-
jority at that time, and that he came over on a tour
of investigation and that he returned to England for
his wife. Her name has not been discovered. It
has been erroneously given as Elizabeth Haskell
but there are proofs that she was the wife of an-
other William in England. This William Dodge
was known as "Farmer" William, and he died be-



tween 1685 and 1692. The standing of "Farmer"
William in the community is indicated by the fact
that he was repeatedly elected or appointed to pub-
lic offices, such as selectman, grand juryman, trial
juryman and on committees in the services of town
and church interests, laying out roads, etc. There
are also evidences that he was on the best of terms
with his pastor. Rev. John Hale, and that he and
his sons were sturdy supporters of good morals in
every way. In May, 1685, he conveyed his home-
stead to his son. Captain William, and otherwise
disposed of his real estate by deeds. His home-
stead is on the east side of Cabot street and south of
Herrick street, in Salem. His children were : John,
William, and probably Joshua. The last named was
killed in the Narragansett war, in 1675. (William
(2) and descendants receive extended notice in this

(HI) Captain John, eldest son of "Farmer" Wil-
liam Dodge, was born in 1636, and lived in Beverly,
where he owned a mill at the head of Beverly
Cove. He served against the Narragansetts in 1675
and probably earned his title in that service, and
was chosen representative to the general court in
1693-96 and 1702, and was frequently on the grand
and petit juries and on various town and parish
committees, and was one of the most useful and
prominent men on the colonies. In 1710 he gave
thirty-three acres of land in Wenhani to his grand-
son John, the son of John, and otherwise disposed
of real estate. He was married (first), April 10,
1659, to Sarah Proctor and (second) to Elizabeth,
widow of John Woodberry. She survived him and
died January 6, 1726, aged ninety-four years. He
died in 1723. His children were : John, William,
Sarah, Hannah (died young), Hannah, Martha and

(IV) Jonathan, youngest son of Captain John
Dodge, was born between 1675 and 1680, and died
in Beverly, about February, 1756. After the death
of his older brother, William he took a lease of the
lands formerly owned by their father for a term
of seven years and ultimately became their owner.
He lived on the Salem side of Beverly Cove until
about the time of his father's death, when he
moved to the Beverly side and there continued the
remainder of his life. He was a warm friend of
Rev. John Hale, and was a prosperous and in-
fluential citizen of the town. He held numerous
offices, such as juryman, constable and fence
viewer. The inventory of the estate made Decem-
ber 17, 1756, enumerates one hundred and fifty-
seven acres of land, and as a total footing 1,822
pounds and five shillings. He was married De-
cember 17, 1702, to Elizabeth Goodhue, of Ipswich,
who died July 26, following. He married (second)
May 15, 1705, Jerusha Rayment. She was a widow
and had a daughter Hannah at that time. Their
children were: Francis, Peter (died young),
George, William, Elizabeth, John, Jonathan and

(V) John, fifth son and sixth child of Jonathan
?ind Jerusha Dodge, was baptized August 24, 1718, m
Salem, and died February 9, 1779. He resided in
Beverly, and was probably a farmer. He was mar-
ried (intention published March 14, I740) to Han-
nah Fowler, of Ipswich. He died at Wenham,
March to, 1807. aged eightv-eight years. His will
was made one day before his death and was proved
on the first of the following month, in which are
mentioned his wife, Hannah, three sons, two daugh-
ters and a granddaughter, Hannah Masters. The
inventory of his estate amounted to 11,435 pounds,
18 shillings. The Beverly records give seven of

his children, namely: Ruth, Charles, Jerusha, John,
Hannah, Lucy and Jonathan.

(VI) Deacon John (3), second son and fourth
child of John (2) and Hannah (Fowler) Dodge,
was born May 19, 1747, in Beverly, and resided in
Wenham, near Wenham Lake. He died there May

1, 1825, aged seventy-seven years. He is also known
by the title of lieutenant. He was married Decem-
ber I, 1768, to Mehitable Batchelder, of Beverly,
who died December 28, 1789-90, aged forty-two
years. He was married (secondj (published July

2. 1791) to Sarah Raymond, of Beverly. She sur-
vived him more than fifteen years and died Septem-
ber 24, 1840, in Chichester, New Hampshire. She
was the mother of the last two of his children, the
first wife being the mother of ten. They were:
John, Lucy, Uzziel, Jerusha, Wi.\liam, Samuel, Mary,
Aretas, Havilah, Elezaphan, Mehitable and Sarah.

(VII) Elezaphan, second son and tenth child of
Lieutenant John and Mehitable (Batchelder) Dodge,
was born December 26, 1789, in Wenham, and died
April 4, 1857, i" New Boston, New Hampshire,
where he settled in 1817. He joined the Congrega-
tional church at Wenham, September 30, 181 7, and
was for a long time deacon of the Presbyterian
church in New Boston. He purchased a tract of
land in New Boston, which is now occupied by his
grandson, on which he made a substantial and per-
manent home and was a successful farmer. He
married (first) a remote relative, Anna Dodge,
daughter of Peter and Sarah (Dodge) Dodge, whose
ancestry may be carried forward as follows :

(4) Peter, youngest child of Jonathan and
Jerusha Dodge, was baptized October .12, 1724, in
Beverly, and died September 14, 1796, iij Wenham.
He lived not far from Wenham Pond and was
twice married. His first wife being Sarah, daughter
of Mark, who was a son of Edward and grandson
of Richard Dodge (II), and (second) Elizabeth
Batchelder (a widow), daughter of Benjamin and
Christina (Trask) Cressy. They were published
December 20, 1761, and were married at Danvers,
January 6, 1762. She was baptized September 6,
1736, and died June 21, 1821, in her eighty-fifth
year. She was the mother of seven of his nine
children, who were baptized in Wenham, namely:
Sarah, Peter, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Mehitable
and Jonathan.

(5) Peter (2), eldest son and second child of
Peter (i) and Elizabeth (Cressy) (Batchelder)
Dodge, was born November 10, 1764, in Wenham,
Massachusetts, and died Frebuary 3, 1844. He mar-
ried Sally Dodge, who was born December 4, 1778,
daughter of Simeon and Abigail (Dodge) Dodge, of
Beverly, and died April 4, 1822, aged fifty-two
years. They were the parents of two daughters.

(6) Anna, elder daughter of Peter (2) and Sally
(Dodge) Dodge, was born June i, 1796, and married
Elezaphan Dodge, as above noted, March i, 181 7.
Their only child was Peter, who was killed June
29, 1862, at the battle of Gaines Mills, Virginia. Mr.
Dodge married (second) Lavinia Dodge, daughter
of Antipas and Jerusha (Dodge) Dodge. She was
born March i, 1797, and died 1891. Her children
were: Anna, Elnathan, Uzziel, Willard, Mary Ann,
Edwin, Allen, Lendell, Sarah Jerusha and Maria

(VIII) Lendell, sixth son and eighth child of
Elezaphan Dodge, and eighth child of his second
wife, Lavinia Dodge, was born May 28. 1838, in New
Boston, New Hampshire, where his life was passed.
He received the common school education of his
time and locality, and when a young man was em-
ployed for a time at Nashua. On his return to his



native town he engaged in farming on a farm of
two hundred acres, this being the old homestead
and where he still resides, having been in the family
now (1907) for over ninety years and where the
special subject of this sketch, his son, William O.,
still resides and where three generations have been
born. The farm is devoted chietiy to dairying, and
he was also actively interested in lumbering. He is
an attendant of the Presbyterian church, and an
ardent Republican in political principle. He is re-
spected by his townsmen and active in the support
of schools and has served on the school board. He
was married December 25, 1871, to Ellen Lamson,
daughter of William and Orindia (Odell) Lamson, of
IMont Vernon. She was educated in the Academy
at Alont Vernon and was a teacher two years.
She is a member of the Presbyterian church and
both Mr. and Mrs. L. Dodge are members of the
New Boston Grange, in which ]\Ir. Dodge has held
several of the principal official stations. They were
the parents of live children, of whom three died in
infancy. The surviving are William O., and Edwin
H., resides in Bradford, New Hampshire, a farmer,
formerly a member of the firm of Martin & Dodge,
.of New Boston.

(IX) William Osborne, elder son of Lendell and
Ellen (Lamson) Dodge, was born September 26,
1872, in New Boston, and has resided in that town
all his life. He attended the district school and the
high school of that town, and upon attaining man-
hood turned his attention to agriculture and is asso-
ciated with his father in farming. He is extensively

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