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where he bought a farm of one hundred and
eighty-three acres in March, 1879, and engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He has put numerous im-
provements upon the place, among which is a barn
forty by seventy-two feet in dimensions, built in
1876. Mr. Powers' natural integrity and ability,
and his education and experience have qualified
him to serve his fellow citizens acceptably, and he
has been placed in various offices of honor and
trust, the duties of which he has faithfully dis-
charged. He has been chairman of the board of
selectmen three years ; town clerk eleven years ;
town treasurer two years; superintendent of the
public schools seven years; member of the school
board three years ; trustee of the public library
three years ; representative in 1887, and was ap-
pointed a justice of the peace for Hillsborough
county in 1897 by Governor Ramsdell, and a jus-
tice of the peace and quorum for the state by Gov-
ernor John McLane in 1906, which commission he
now holds. He has been town correspondent for
the Nashua Daily and Weekly Telegraph since 1887.
He married, September 22, 1883, at Litchfield, Fran-
ces L. Tufts, who was born in Litchfield, Febru-
ary 15, 1849. She is the daughter of Thomas and
Martha (Worthley) Tufts, of Litchfield. She was
educated in the public schools and at Adams' Fe-
male Academy, East Derry, and at the Convent in
Manchester. While at school in Litchfield she was
one of her husband's pupils. The farm upon which
Mr. and Mrs. Powers reside was her father's home-

The family of Gage, which is of Nor-
GAGE man extraction, derived its descent from
De Gaga, Gauga, or Gage, who accorn-
panied William the Conqueror into England in
1066, and after the conquest was rewarded with
large grants of land in the forest of Dean, and the
county of Gloucester, adjacent to which forest he
fixed his abode and erected a seat at Clerenwell,
otherwise Clarewell. He also built a large man-
sion house in the town of Chichester, where he
died, and was buried in the abbey there; and his
posterity remained in that country for many gen-
erations, in credit and esteem, of whom there were
barons in parliament in the reign of Henry II. An
epitome of the line of descent of Gage is as fol-
lows :

(I) John Gage, the first of the name from
whom descent is traceable, was born about 1408.

(II) John (2) Gage, the son of John (i), mar-
ried Joan Sudgrove.

(III) Sir John (3), son of John (2) and Joan



(Sudgrove) Gage, married Eleanor St. Clere. He
was knighted in 1454, and died September 30, i486.
CiV) William, son of Sir John (3) and Eleanor
(St. Clere J Gage, was born in 1456. He married
Agnes Bolney.

(V) Sir John (4), son of William and Agnes
(Bolney) Gage, was born in 1480. He was made
a knight May 22, 1541, and died April 28, 1557,
aged seventy-seven. He married Philippa Guilder-
ford, and left four sons and four daughters.

(VI) Sir Edward, eldest son of Sir John (4)
and Philippa (Guilderford) Gage, was created a
knight by Queen Mary. He married Elizabeth
Parker, and had nine sons and six daughters.

(VII) John (5) Gage, Esq., eldest son of Sir
Edward and Elizabeth (Parker) Gage, was thirty
years old at the time of his father's death, and
heir to fifteen manors, with many other lands in
Sussex and otherwheres, but having survived all
his brothers, and dying without issue, the estate
descended to his nephew.

(Vni) John (6), nephew of John (5) Gage,
succeeded to his uncle's estates, was made a baro-
net March 26, 1622, and died (October 3, 1633. He
married Penelope, widow of Sir George Trenchard,
by whom he had nine children, four sons and five

(IX) John (7), second son of John (6) and
Penelope Gage, was of Stoneham, in SuiTolk, and
died in Bradford, Massachusetts, November 8, 1705.
He came to America with John, the son of -Gov-
ernor Winthrop, and landed in Salem, June 12,
1630. In 1633 John Winthrop, Jr., John Gage and
ten others were the first proprietors of Ipswich.
In 1664 he removed to Rowley, where he died in
1673. Throughout his life, both in Ipswich and in
Rowley, he was a prominent and highly esteemed
citizen "and held responsible offices of trust and
fidelity." His first wife's name was Anna. She
died in Ipswich in June, 1658, and in November of
the same year he married Sarah, widow of Robert
Keyes, who, by one account, survived him, though
by another he married (third), February, 1663,
Mary Keyes, who died December 20, 1668. He left
seven sons and one daughter.

(X) Daniel (i), second son of John (7) Gage,
is the first of the Gages mentioned in the records
of that part of "Old Rowley" which is now Brad-
ford. He married May 3, 1675, Sarah Kimball, by
whom he had eight children, three sons and five

(XI) Daniel (2), eldest son of Daniel (i) and
Sarah (Kimball) Gage, was born March 12, 1676,
and died in Bradford, March 14, 1747. About 1697
he settled in the extreme northwest corner of Brad-
ford, on the banks of the Merrimack, and estab-
lished Gage's Ferry, or "the Uijper Ferry," on the
main road to Methuen. He married, March 9, 1697,
Martha Burbank, who died in Bradford, September
8, 1741. They had thirteen children: Mehitabel,
Josiah, Martha, Lydia, Moses, Daniel, Sarah, Jem-
ima, Naomi, Esther, Amos, Abigail, died young,
and Mary.

(XII) Moses, second son and fifth child of
Daniel (2) and Martha (Burbank) Gage, was born
in Bradford, May i, 1706. He succeeded to the
farm at the Ferry, and lived and died there. He
married Mary Haseltine, April 12, 1733. Their
children were : Moses, Sarah, James, William, died
young, Richard, died young, Abigail, Mary, William,
Richard and Thaddeus, who is the subject of the
following sketch.

(XIII) Thaddeus, tenth and youngest child of
iv — 26

Moses and Mary (Haseltine) Gage, was born in
Bradford, April 17, 1754, and died in Sanbornton,
New Hampshire, May 11, 1845, aged ninety-one. He
moved to Sanbornton, New Hampshire, probably
soon after his marriage, and settled in what is now
the town of Franklin, on the west slope of the hill
between New Boston and the present rivei' road,
where he passed the following seventy years of his
life. He married (first), November 30, 1775, Abi-
gail Alerrill, of Bradford, who was born in 1756.
She died in Sanbornton in December, 1789, aged
thirty-three; and he married (second), July 29,
1790, Molly Bean, born April 17, 1761, who died
May 13, 1831, aged seventy. The children of the
first wife were : Richard, Mary, Daniel, Moses,
Lydia and John, twins, died young, and Mehitabel ;
and those of the second wife were: William, Hasel-
tine, Rhoda, David B., Betsey B., James, John and

(XIV) William Haseltine, eldest child of Thad-
deus and Molly (Bean) Gage, was born in San-
bornton, March 21, 1791, and died in Boscawen,
September 26, 1872, aged eighty-one. In 1804 he
moved to Boscawen, where he remained until his
death, sixty-eight years later. He married, Janu-
ary 25, 1814, Molly B., daughter of Bradbury Mor-
rison, of Sanbornton. She died February 15, 1833,'
and he married (second) Sarah, daughter of Sam-
uel 'Sargent, of Canterbury. The children of the
first wife wei^e : Sophronia, Eloander Wood, Isaac
Kimball, Asa Morrison, Phebe Prescott and Ro-
Silla JNIorrison. By the second wife there was one
child, Polly Rosilla.

(XV) Isaac Kimball, third child and eldest son
of William (2) H. and Molly B. (Morrison) Gage,
Was born in Boscawen, October 27, 1818, and died
September 10, 1894. He married, October 27, 1842,
Susan G., daughter of Reuben Johnson, and they
had: Frederick Johnson, Mary Morrison, Char-
lotte Hubbard, Lucy Kimball, and Isaac William.

(XVI) Georgiana Judith, second child and eld-
est daughter of Isaac K. and Susan G. (Johnson)
Gage, was born in Boscawen, January 16, 1848, and
married Abiel W. Rolfe. (See Rolfe VIII.)

(XV) Polly Rosilla, only child of William H.
and Sarah (Sargent) Gage, was born in Boscawen,
August I, 1838, and married Samuel R. Mann. (See
Mann V.)

The name of Prescott is of Saxon
PRESCOTT origin, meaning priest's house.

There are two American ances-
tors, both among the earliest settlers of this coun-
try. John Prescott came to Boston and Water-
town, Massachusetts, in 1640. He was a great-
grandson of James of Standish in England. Jones,
the ninth and youngest child of John, the original
immigrant, lived in Groton, Massachusetts, and was
the grandfather of Colonel William Prescott, born
in that town, the hero of Bunker Hill. William B.
Prescott, the historian, was a grandson of Colonel
William Prescott. The arms of this branch of the
family are three owls, argent, on a sable shield. The
crest is an arm, erect, gnlcs, with an ermine cuff,
holding a pitch pot or hand beacon. These em-
blems seem singularly appropriate for a family
whose descendaints number a Revolutionary hero
and a scholar.. /

James Prescott, the ancestor of the New Hamp-
shire family, settled in Hampton, that state, in i665>
His father was a second cousin to John of Water-
town ; and James was a great-great-grandson of
James of Standish, with whom the line begins.



The two American branches are of the same origi-
nal stock, although they bear different coats of arms.

(I) James Prescott, a gentleman of Standish in
Lancashire, England, was ordered by Queen Eliza-
beth in 1564 to keep in readiness horsemen and
jrmor. He married a daughter of Roger Standish,
Esquire, of Standish, and they had six sons : James,
mentioned below; Roger, Ralph, Robert, William
and John. (Mention of Roger and descendants
forms part of this article.)

(II) James (2), eldest son of James and

(Standish) Prescott, married Alice Molineaux. For
his bravery and military prowess he was created
lord of the manor in Dryby, in Lincolnshire, and
was afterwards known as Sir James. A new coat-
of-arms was granted with the title. This emblem
is entirely different from that borne by the Massa-
chusetts branch. The main features are two leop-
ards' heads, or, on an ermine field; the crest rising
out of a ducal coronet, or, is a boar's head and neck,
argent, "bristled with the first." In untechnical
language this means, when the symbol is painted,
that the coronet should be of gold and the boar's
head of silver with bristles of gold. The motto is
•"Vincit Gui Patitur." Sir James Prescott died
March I, 1583, leaving two children: John and

(III) John, son of Sir James and Alice (Moli-
neaux) Prescott, was born at Dryby, where he
lived. He married and nothing further is known of
him except that he had two sons, William and James.

(IV) James (3), younger son of John Prescott,
married, and had several children, four of whom
are recorded: Mary, baptized in 1631 ; John, bap-
tized in 1632; Anne, baptized in 1634; and James,
who came to America.

(V) James (4), son of James (3) Prescott, of
England, was baptized in 1642-3. He came from
Dryby, in Lincolnshire, to what is now Hampton
Falls, New Hampshire, in 1665. At that time the
region was a part of the "Old County of Norfolk,"
Massachusetts. He began a farm, now one of the
best in the state, where he lived till he moved to
Kingston, New Hampshire, in 1725. He was ad-
mitted a freeman in 1668, which means that he was
a church member; was transferred to the church
in Hampton Falls in 1712, at which time the town
was incorporated, and was transferred to the church
at Kingston, September 25, 1725. In 1668 James
Prescott married Mary Boulter, daughter of Na-
thaniel and Grace Boulter, of Exeter, New Hamp-
shire. She was born in that town May 15, 1648,
aiid was one of ten children, most of them daugh-
ters. On the death of her two brothers, Nathaniel
and John, the family name became extinct. James
Prescott was a man of prominence and standing
in the community. Although he did not move to
Kingston till 1725, three years before his death, he
was one of the original proprietors when the town
was granted by Lieutenant Governor Usher in 1694.
Another proprietor at the same time was Ebenezer
Webster, ancestor of Daniel. The two men were
chosen a committee to run the line between Hamp-
ton and Kingston in 1700. James Prescott was
moderator of the proprietors' meeting at Kingston
in 1700 and 1701 ; and he received many grants of
land, both in Kingston and Hampton. James Pres-
cott moved from Hampton Falls to Kingston in
1725, where he died November 25, 1728, aged about
eighty-five years. Mary, his widow, died at Kings-
ton, October 4, 1735, aged eiglity-seven years, four
months and twenty days. James and Mary (Boul-
ter) Prescott had" nine children: Joshua, born

March i, 1669; James; Rebecca, married Nathaniel

Sanborn; Jonathan, married Elizabeth ;

Mary, married Jabez Coleman; Abigail and Pa-
tience (twins). Abigail married Richard Bounds;
John married Abigail Marston ; Nathaniel married
Ann Marston, sister to Abigail. (James and
descendants are noticed in this article.)

(VI) Joshua, eldest child of James (4) and
Mary (Boulter) Prescott, was born March i, 1669.
There is no record of his death or marriage or the
name of his wife, and the names of only a part of
his children are known. He removed from Hamp-
ton Falls to Kingston as early as 1725, as he was
one of the members of the church when first gath-
ered or organized there, September 29, 1725. His
name appears as that of an inhabitant of Hampton
Falls in 1722. In 1727 he and his son Latham
are found to be inhabitants of Kingston. He
resided a part if not all of the time after leav-
ing Hampton Falls in that part of Kingston which
since 1738 has constituted the town of East Kings-
ton. Family tradition says that he did not marry
until thirty-eight or forty years of age, which the
date of the birth of his children seems to confirm.
Flis children were: Nathan, Joshua, Mary, Ed-
ward, Annie, Reuben," Patience, John, a daughter,
a daughter, a daughter, a child died in infancy.

(VII) Joshua (2), son of Joshua (i) Prescott,
was born about 1713. About 1763 he moved from
East Kingston to Chester, New Hampshire, where
he died July 12, 1785. He served six months in the
expedition against Crown Point in 1758. _ His term
of enlistment began in April and ended in October.
He was in the company of Captain Trueworthy
Ladd, of Exeter, which constituted part of the regi-
ment commanded by Colonel John Hart, of Ports-
mouth. He signed the association test in Chester
in 1776. He married (first) Abigail Ambrose, and
had four sons and four daughters. She died and
he married (second) Mary Moulton, about 1763,
and had five sons. The children by the first wife:
Joshua, Stephen, John, Abigail, Sarah, _ Dorothy,
Dominicus, Lucretia ; by the second: Daniel, Moul-
ton, Asa, Joseph and Edward.

(VIII) Lieutenant John, third son.and child of
Joshua (2) and Abigail (Ambrose) Prescott, was
born about 1744, and died in Sandwich at the age
of about eighty. In 1767 he removed to Sandwich,
New Hampshire, where he was one of the pioneer
settlers of the town, and there he and his family
suffered many great hardships and privations. After
residing in Sandwich for years he removedto Hol-
derness, and afterward returned to Sandwich. He
signed the association test in 1776. He married, in
1766, Molly Carr, who was born February 26, 1747,
and died in Holderness in March, 1823, aged seven-
ty-six. Their fifteen children were : Parker, Joshua,
John, Eliphalet, Stephen, Bradbury, Polly, Sally,
David, Judith, Ruth, Asa, Abigail, Anna and Ben-

(IX) Polly, seventh child and eldest daughter
of John and Molly (Carr) Prescott, was born in
1777, and married (first) Benjamin Graves, and
(second) Benjamin Mooney, of Sandwich, where
she died in November, 1865, aged eighty-eight. (See
Mooney III.)

(VI) James (s), second son and child of James
(4) and Mary (Boulter) Prescott, was born Sep-
tember I, 1671. He married, March I, 1695, Maria
Marston, daughter of William (2) and Rebecca
(Page) Marston. She was born November 16,1672.
They were both admitted to the church October
10, 1697. James Prescott married for his second



wife, June 17, 1746, widow Abigail Sanborn. She
was the daughter of Edward Gove, one of the first
settlers of Hampton. James Prescott was her third
husband, and hke his two predecessors was a dea-
con of the church. Abigail (Gove) Prescott's first
husband was Philemon Dalton, whom she married
in 1690, and her second, Benjamin Sanborn, whom
she married in 1724. James (5) Prescott was a
farmer, and lived near his father on the west side
of the road leading from the Hampton Falls Acad-
emy to Exeter. He bore the title of sergeant, and
was chosen constable in 1707. He was at Port
Royal six months from March to September, 1701.
James (5) and Maria (Marston) Prescott had
eight children : Jeremiah, married Hannah Phil-
brick ; Samuel, mentioned below ; Elisha, married
Phebe Sanborn ; Sarah, married Joseph Lowell, of
Newburyport, Massachusetts ; Lucy, married Joseph
Sanborn ; Ebenezer ; James, married Dorothy Til-
ton; Rebecca, married Caleb Towle, Jr. (Ebenezer
and descendants are mentioned in this article.)

(VH) Samuel, second son and child of James
(5) and Maria (Marston) Prescott, was born
March 14, 1697. He married Mary Sanborn, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Mary (Gove) Sanborn. She was
born July 28, 1697. They were married December
17, 1 71 7, and were admitted to the church July 13,
1740. They lived on a farm at Hampton Falls.
Samuel Prescott appears to have been a man of sub-
stance, and prominent in the affairs of the town.
He served several years as selectman, town clerk and
in other official capacities. He also acted as one of
the scouting party "above the frontier." This party
went out in 1724 to the region above Dover and
Rochester, then on the edge of the wilderness. It
is supposed that they were sent against the Pe-
quawket Indians, who had their headquarters where
Fryeburg, Maine, now is. Samuel Prescott died of
fever at Hampton Falls, June 12, 1759, aged sixty-
two years and three months. Samuel and Mary
(Sanborn) Prescott had five children, all sons:
Jeremiah, Samuel, John, Joseph and William. All
of these sons except Samuel, who died young, had
a notable military record. Jeremiah and John
served in the French and Indian war; Jeremiah
took part in the expedition against Crown _ Point
and John assisted in the capture of Louisburg.
Joseph and William took part in the Revolution,
and each attained the rank of major. Joseph was
in the battles of Bennington and Ticonderoga and
at the surrender of Burgoyne ; he was a member
of the New Hampshire provincial congress, which
met at Exeter in 1775. (William is mentioned in
a later paragraph, with descendants.)

(VIII) John, third son of Samuel and Mary
(Sanborn) Prescott, was born at Hampton Falls,
December 12. 1723, and baptized Novernber 12,
1724. He settled in Epping and in 1745 joined a
military company which was raised and commanded
by Sir William Pepperell. He signed the associa-
tion test in 1776. His death occurred in Epping,
May 2, 1785. He was first married November 27,
1746, to Hannah Rundlett, who was born Novem-
ber 2, 1728, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel Rund-
lett, of Epping, and died March 16, 1766. For his
second wife he married Mrs. Rebecca Tilton, widow
of Samuel Tilton, of Deerfield, and a daughter of
Hon. Benjamin Prescott. She survived her seond
husband and was married for the third time to
Nathan Gove Prescott, of Epping, July 7, 1789-
She died in 1794, aged sixty-eight years. The nine
children of John Prescott, all of his first union.

were: Jonathan, Rachel, Mary, Lucy, Samuel,
John, Dudley, Hannah and Leah.

(IX) Samuel, second son and fifth child of
John and Hannah (Rundlett) Prescott, was born
in Epping, October 30, 1755. He settled on a farm
in Pittslield, New Hampshire, and resided there
for the remainder of his life, which terminated
July 4, 1819. December 3, 1777, he married Molly
Drake, who was born October 30, 1757, daughter of
Simon and Judith Drake, of Epping, and her death
occurred May 24, 1829. She was the mother of
twelve children: Sarah E., born June 17, 1779,
died at the age of twenty years; Josiah, July 31,
1780, died September 14, 1846; Hannah, April 8,
1782; Leah, December 5, 1784, died June 14, 1847;
Samuel Washington, who will be again referred to;
Mary, July 26, 1788; Ann, July i, 1790; Theodate,
April II, 1792, died December 26, 1847; ^^lartha
Brown, May 3, 1794; John, February 29, 1796, died
January 4, 1862; Abraham, March 7, 1798, and
Sarah, October 19, 1800.

(X) Samuel Washington, second son and fifth
child of Samuel and Molly (Drake) Prescott, was
born August 4, 1786. Locating in Guilford, New
Hampshire, he became a prosperous farmer and
resided there until his death, which occurred May
23, 1833. He was married July 30, 1812, to Mary
Brown, who was born September 30, 1792, daugh-
ter of Enoch Brown, of Pittsfield. She died in
Lake Village, December 30, 1858. Of this union
there were eight children : Enoch Brown, the date
of whose birth will be given presently; Mary Jane,
born December 6, 1814; Hannah Brown, Decem-
ber 15, 1816; Elizabeth Ann, February 2, 1819;
Sarah Plummer, April 7, 1821 ; Samuel W., August
2, 1823; John Oliver, September 9, 1825; and Leah
Lane, September 27, 1828.

(XI) Enoch Brown, eldest child of Samuel W.
and Mary (Brown) Prescott, was born in Pitts-
field, New Hampshire, February 12, 1813. He re-
sided in Lake Village, where he followed the black-
smith's trade, and he died June 30, 1881. Decem-
ber 4, 1839, he married Hannah Gove _Thing, who
was born June 25, 1817, daughter of John and
Susan Thing. She became the mother of four
children : John Freeman Thing, born January 27,
1841 ; Susan Ada, April 18, 1850, died February 28,
1877 ; True Enoch, who is mentioned at greater
length in the succeeding paragraph; and Cora Ellen,
January 30, 1857, died September 4, 1857. John F.
T. Prescott was married in 1871 to Laura T. Robin-
son, of Laconia, who died April 12, 1882, and of
this union there was one son, Edgar T., born
March 19, 1877, died December 2, 1879.

(XII) True Enoch, second son and third child
of Enoch B. and Hannah G. (Thing) Prescott, was
born in Lake Village, June i, 1852. Having studied
preliminarily in the public schools he attended the
New Hampshire Conference Seminary at Tilton,
and concluded his education with a business course
at the Manchester Commercial College. As a young
man he engaged in the insurance business at La-
conia, and has followed it continuously for more
than thirty years, being at the present time one of
the best known insurance men in the state. _ The
Melcher and Prescott Agency, of which he is the
financier, represents some of the strongest and most
reliable companies in the world. Its sphere of ac-
tion practically covers the entire field, including
fire, life, liability, accident, fidelity and health. In
politics Mr. Prescott is a Democrat, and he served
as postmaster at Lakcport under President Cleve-



laud. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, belong-
ing to all of the subordinate bodies, including the
comniandery, and also affiliates with the Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows. He was married No-
vember 23, 1886, to Ada May Garmon, second child
and eldest daughter of Charles B. and Laura A.
(PhillM-ick) Garmon, of Laconia, who reared four
children : Frederick C, Ada M., Frank A. and Lil-
lian E. Mr. and Mrs. Prescott occupy one of the
handsomest pieces of residential property in La-
conia. They have one son, Edgar B., who was
born April 30, 18S8; at this date (1907) a student
in Dartmouth College.

(VH) Ebenezer, sixth child and fourth son of
James (5) and Maria (Marston) Prescott, was born
in Hampton Falls, December 3, 1705, baptized March
3, 1706, and died in 1750, aged forty-five. He re-
sided in Hampton Falls, on the farm his father and
grandfather, the immigrant, had first cultivated. He
married December 15, 1726, Abigail Tilton, who was
born May 20, 1706, daughter of Samuel and Meri-
bah (Shaw) Tilton. They had: Samuel, Sarah,
James, Josiah, Abigail, Mary and Meribah.

(Vni) Captain James (6), second son and third
child of Ebenezer and Abigail (Tilton) Prescott,
was born December 5, 1733, baptized January 20,
1734, and died February 27, 1813, aged seventy-nine
years. He lived and .died in Hampton Falls. He
was many years selectman and moderator, and cap-
tain in the militia. He served two terms of enlist-
ment in the Revolutionary Army. He enlisted first
September 8, 1777, and served as a lieutenant in

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