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August ID, 1821, was educated in the public schools,
which he left at twelve years of age and went
to Claremont, where he performed such work as
he was able to get until he was seventeen. He then
learned the hatter's trade, and went to Boston
where he followed his trade from the age of twenty-
one till twenty-nine, when he went to Lowell and
was employed there five years, and in 1855 removed
to Concord, New Hampshire. There he went into
partnership with his father-in-law who had a short
time before settled in Concord, and under the firm
name of C. H. Sanger & Company, dealers in
hats, caps and gentlemen's furnishings, they carried
on business until 1881, when Mr. Mellen took the
business and continued it until he retired from
trade in 1893. Mr. Mellen was in business in
Concord for thirty-eight years, and was always
known as an upright and progressive citizen. He
is now (1906) an unusually well preserved man of
eighty-five years, with mind and memory better than
those of many men much younger than he. He
married in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 28,
1850, Hannah Maria Sanger, born in Middlesex,
May 2, 1832, died in Concord, April 6, 1904, daugh-
ter of Charles H. and Hannah Jaques (Littlehale)
Sanger, natives of Watertown and Middlesex, Mas-
sachusetts. Five children were born of this mar-
riage: Charles Sanger, in Lowell, August 16, 185 1,
now president of the New York, New Haven &
Hartford railway, married Marion B. Foster; Mari-
etta, in Lowell, August 20, 1853, married Samuel
Butterfield, and died in Concord, November 22,
1904; Walter Amory, in Concord, September 11,
1858, died September 22, 1859; Frank Warren, De-
cember 5, 1859, died May 18, 1864; Cora Candace,
June 27, 1867, married Herbert G. Abbott, and re-
sides in Concord.

The report of visitation in the county
TUCKER of Kent, England, for the years 1619-
20-21, preserved in the Harlein Man-
uscripts, contain the earliest known record of the
Tuckers, and mention several ancestors in direct
line of the founder of the family in America. The
information contained in those manuscripts was
verified some twenty years ago by Deacon John A.
Tucker, of Milton, Massachusetts, who visited
Milton-next-Gravesend, where he was given access
to the registry of baptisms by the rector of the
ancient Church of St. Peter's and St. Paul's. This
registry reaches back as far as the year 1558, and
in it Deacon Tucker found the records of the bap-
tism of his early ancestors, thus proving that the
information obtained from the Harlein Manus-
cripts is absolutely correct.

(I) Willielmus Tucker, of Thornley, county of
Devon, married "Jona" (or Josea) Ashe, and had
sons George, Thomas and John.

(H) George, son of Willielmus and "Jona"

(Ashe) Tucker, married Maria Hunter, of Gaunte,
and had five sons : George, Nicholas, Tobias,
^lansfield and Daniel.

(HI) George (2), gentleman, son of George (i)
and Maria (Hunter) Tucker, resided in or near
Milton-next-Gravesend, in Kent. He married
(first), Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Stoughton,
and she bore him one son, George. For his second
wife he married Maria Darrett, and had John,
Elizabeth, Maria, Robert and Henry Tucker.

(IV) Robert, second son and fourth child of
George (2) and Maria (Darrett) Tucker, was born
at Milton-next-Gravesend, in 1604. He is supposed
to have come from New England with a company
of colonists from Weymouth, England, under the
guidance of the Rev. Dr. Hall, and was in Wey-
mouth, Massachusetts, in 1635. From the latter
place he went to Gloucester, where he served as
recorder for a time, but returned to Weymouth
and held some of the town offices. He finally pur-
chased several lots of land on Brush Hill, Milton,
Massachusetts, some one hundred and seventeen
acres in all, bordering on land which his son James
had previously acquired, and it is quite probable
that he had settled there permanently prior to the
incorporation of the town in 1662. For several
years he represented Milton in the general court,
was town clerk for many years and as the first
town records are in his handwriting, he was doubt-
less the first to hold that office. The answer of the
general court to the petition for incorporation bears
the date May 7, 1662, and is signed Robert Tucker,
recorder. He was active in the church and a mem-
ber of its committee, and was spoken oi as Good-
man Tucker. His death occurred in Milton, March
II, 1682, and his interment took place on the 13th.
He married Elizabeth Allen, and had a family of
nine children, namely: Sarah, James, Joseph, Eliza-
beth, Benjamin, Ephraim, Mannasseh, Rebecca, and
Mary. Sarah became the wife, of Peter Warren.
Elizabeth became the wife of Ebenezer Clapp.
Rebecca married a Fenno, and Mary married Sam-
uel Jones.

(V) Ephraim, fourth son and sixth child of
Robert and Elizabeth (Allen) Tucker, was probably
born at Weymouth, in 1652. Jointly with his
mother he was appointed to settle his father's es-
tate. He was admitted a freeman in 1678, served
as a selectman and town clerk in Milton, and was
chosen a deacon of the church July 31, 1698. Sep-
tember 27, 1688, he married Hannah Gulliver, and
their children were : Ephraim, Stephen, Lydia and

(VI) Stephen, second son and child of Ephraim
and Hannah (Gulliver) Tucker, was born in Mil-
ton, April 8, 1691. He settled in Preston, Connec-
ticut. On August 3, 1716, he married Hannah
Belcher, of Milton, and was the father of : Stephen
(died young), another Stephen, William, Ephraim
and Lydia. The mother of these children died
February 28, 1745.

(VII) William, third son and child of Stephen
and Hannah (Belcher) Tucker, was born in Pres-
ton, May 28, 1737, and died there November 5,
1819. He was married, June 4, 1767, to Esther
Morgan, who was born in Preston, March 24, 1744,
daughter of Captain Daniel and Elizabeth (Gates)
Morgan. She died October 2, 1818. Their children
were: Stephen, Susan (died young), Elizabeth,
Hannah, Susan and William.

(VIII) William (2), youngest son and child of
William and Esther (Morgan) Tucker, was born
in Preston, January 26, 1782. For a number of
years he was engaged in the cotton manufacturing




business at Norwich, Connecticut, and his death
occurred July 11, 1839. On May 5, 1814, he married
Sarah Morgan, who was born April 21, 1787, daugh-
ter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Lord) Morgan. She
died November 4, 1845, having been the mother of
seven children, namely : Henry, Mary, Betsey,
Daniel i\I., Sarah, Hannah M. and George.

(IX) Henry, eldest son and child of William
and Sarah (Morgan) Tucker, was born in Gris-
wold, Connecticut, January 8, or February 16. 1815.
He entered Amherst College but did not graduate,
preferring to engage in business, and becoming as-
sociated with his father in the textile industry at
Norwich, he succeeded the latter as proprietor.
He continued in the cotton manufacturing business
at Norwich until 1885, when he went to Sandusky,
Ohio, thence to Chicago and from the latter city
to Brooklyn, New York. His last days were spent
in Hanover with his daughter, Mrs. D. C. Wells,
and he died in that town in 1905. He was in
early life a Whig in. politics, and later a Republican.
In his religious belief he was a Congregationalist,
and as a young man he united with the church in
Norwich. He was first married, September 4, 1837,
to Sarah White Lester, of Griswold, who was born
in December, 181 7, daughter of Joseph and Martha

(Coit) Lester. She died September 20, 1846, and on
December 5, 1849, he married Julia H. Doolittle.
She was born June 28, 1830, and died in 1S60. The
children of his first union are : William Jewett.
now president of Dartmouth College, who will be
again referred to. Elizabeth Coit, born July 28,
1844, died September 29 of that year ; and Edward
Jewett, born August 28, 1846, died February 22,
1863. Of his second marriage there is one daugh-
ter, Sarah Elizabeth, who was born March 18, 1854,
and on June 2, 1887, became the wife of Professor
D. C. Wells, of Bow'doin College.

(X) William Jewett, D. D., LL. D., eldest child
of Henry and Sarah W. (Lester) Tucker, was born
in Griswold, July 13, 1839. Upon the death of his
mother in 1846 he was taken into the home of her
sister, the wife of the Rev. William Reed Jewett,
then pastor of the Congregational Church in Plym-
outh, New Hampshire, and was subsequently
adopted into the family, receiving the legal right
to insert the name of Jewett in his baptismal name.
He prepared for college at the Kimball Union Acad-
emy at was graduated at Dartmouth with honor in
the class of 1861. After devoting two years to teaching
at Columbus, Ohio, he entered the Andover, Massa-
chusetts Theological Seminary, from which he was
graduated in 1866. From 1867 to 1875 he was pas-
tor of the Franklin Street Congregational Church,
Manchester, and from the latter year to 1879 he
occupied the pulpit of the Madison Square Church,
New York City, resigning that pastorate in order
to accept the chair of sacred rhetoric at the An-
dover Theological Seminary, retaining that post un-
til 1893, when he was unanimously elected president
of Dartmouth College, and has ever since directed
the affairs of that well known seat of learning.

While at Andover he founded the Andover
Home, a Social Settlement in Boston, now known
at the South End House. He was also one of the
original editors of the Andover Rcz'iezi', the editorial
writings of w-hich Review gave rise to the "An-
dover Case." He was the Phi Beta Kappa orator
at Harvard, 1892 ; lecturer in the Lowell Institute,
1894; Lyman Beecher lecturer at Yale, 1898; lec-
turer on the Morse foundation at Union Theological
Seminary. T902 : and on the Earle foundation, Berke-
ley Divinity School, Berkeley, California, 1904. He
is the author of "From Liberty to Unity," 1892 ;
"The Making and Unmaking of the Preacher,"

1899, etc. He received the degree of Doctor of Di-
vinity from Dartmouth and the University of Ver-
mont, and the degree of Doctor of Laws from Yale,
Williams, Weslcyan, and Columbia.

Dr. Tucker's first wife, whom he married June
22, 1870, was Charlotte Henry Rogers, and she died
September 15, 1882, leaving two daughters: Alice
Lester, born June 27, 1873, wife of Professor Frank
H. Dixon; and Margaret, born August 22, 1878,
wife of Nelson P. Brown, Esq. On June 22, 1887,
he married for his second wife Charlotte Barrell
Cheever, daughter of Rev. Henry P. Cheever, of
Worcester, Massachusetts. Of this union there is
one daughter, Elizabeth Washburn, born June 4,

(Second Family.)
is an old English occupative sur-
TUCKER name and means weaver. The an-
cient Tucker families of New Eng-
land are from several ancestors not known to be
related to each other. This family was early
planted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

(I) ]\Iorris Tucker, whose christian name in
ancient records is often writter Maurice, of Salis-
bury, Massachusetts, and Tiverton, Rhode Island,
is of record as a "cooper." He was a householder
in Salisbury in 1659, took the oath of allegiance
and fidelity there in 1677, and became a freeman in
1690. He and his wife signed the Bradbury peti-
tion in 1692. He was of Salisbury in 1694, and of
Tiverton, February, 1700. He probably moved to
the latter town in 1699, as he deeded bis real prop-
erty there to Samuel Joy on February 3 of that
year. On May 7, 1694, he deeded ten acres to his
son James, for ten pounds. He married (first),
October 14, 1661, Elizabeth Stevens, born in Salis-
bury, February 4, 1642, and died October 16, 1662,
daughter of Sergeant John and Katherine Stevens;
and (second), 1663, Elizabeth Gill, born January
8, 1646, daughter of John Gill. The only child by
the first wife was Benoni. Those by the second
wife were : John, Mary, James, Sarah. Joseph, Ja-
bez, Elizabeth, and Morris. (Mention of Joseph
and descendants appears in this article). Some of
the descendants of this ancestor were Quakers.

(II) Benoni, eldest child of Morris and Eliza-
beth (Stevens) Tucker, was born in Salisbury, Oc-
tober 16, 1662, and was a weaver, living in Salis-
bury and later in West Amesbury. He signed the
Bradbury petition in 1692 ; and was a "snow shoe
man" in Amesbury in 1708. His will was dated
January 14, and proven March 17, 1735. He mar-
ried Ebenezar Nichols, born August 3, 1664, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Mary Nichols, and they had
seven children, as follows: Ebenezer, Benjamin,
Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Kathren,' Frances, and

(III) Ezra, youngest child of Benoni and Ebe-
nezar (Nichols) Tucker, was born in Amesbury,
March 27, 1706. He married, January 24, 1727,
Bathsheba Sargent, born October 10, 1709, daugh-
ter of Charles and Hannah (Foot) Sargent, of
West Amesbury, near the town of Merrimack, and
they had seven children : Ezra, Mary, Callia, Hit-
tee, Sarah, and Benoni.

(IV) Ezra (2), eldest child of Ezra (r) and
Bathsheba (Sargent) Tucker, settled in Henniker,
New Hampshire, as early as 1766, and in 1772 pur-
chased a_ place upon which he moved, and there
passed his remaining days. He was a soldier at
Crown Point in 1756 and 1758, in the French and
Indian war, and was in the Revolution ; was com-
missioned second lieutenant in Captain Emery's
company, Colenel Thomas Stickney's regiment,
March 5, 1776, and was at the battle of White Plains!



October 28, 1776. He was a prominent man in the
town for many years. He died October 26, 1S04.
He married Hepsibah Pressey, daughter of John
and Mercy Pressey, of Kingston, New Hampshire.
She died September 22, 1801. Their children were:
Ezra, Betsey, Hannah, Jonathan, Phebe, Thomas,
David, and three other children of whom there is
no record.

(V) Nathan, son of Ezra Tucker, was born in
Poplin (now Fremont), October 18, 1764. He set-
tled in Salisbury, New Hampshire, on the west
side of the pond, and his farm was recently owned
by his grandson, Levi W. Tucker. On March 14,
1782, he married for his first wife Lydia Stevens,
and for his second wife he married Mary Welch
of Canaan, this state. The children of the first
wife were : Rev. Joseph, Hannah, Polly. Caleb,
Ezra and Nathan. Those of his second wife were:
Lydia, Eliza and Lucinda. (Nathan and descend-
ants are mentioned at length in this article).

(VI) Ezra, third son and fifth child of Nathan
and Lydia (Stevens) Tucker, was born March 22,
1793. He went from Salisbury to Grafton, where
he resided until his death, the date of which is not
given in the records examined. He married Judith
Burbank, of Boscawen, and was the father of twelve
children : John, Daniel, George W., Lydia, Mar-
tha. Oliver, Nathan, Elsie, Alice, Sophronia, Mary
and Judith.

(VH) John, eldest son and child of Ezra and
Judith (Burbank) Tucker, was born at Salisbury
in 1812. When a young man he went to reside in
Springvale, Maine, where he was engaged in farm-
ing "for a short time, and going to Dover, New
Hampshire, was connected with the Manufacturing
Company for the rest of his life, which terminated
May 14, 1852. In 1832 he was married to Eliza
Huzzey, of Springvale, who survived him many
years and died in 1887. She became the mother of
six children: Mary Eliza (who died young).
George H., Edward Martin, Sarah J., John and
Marv Eliza.

(VIII) Edwin Martin Tucker, M. D., second
son and third child of John and Eliza (Huzzey)
Tucker, was born in Springvale, April 22, 1839.
His early education, which was begun in Dover,
included a commercial course at a mercantile school
in Boston, and his preliminary medical studies were
directed by Dr. L. G. Hill, of Dover. At the break-
ing out of the civil war he suspended his profes-
sional preparations, and on September 5, 1861, en-
listed .in Battery C, Massachusetts Light Artillery.
September 20, 1862, he was severely wounded dur-
ing an engagement at Shepherdstown, Virginia,
and was conveyed to a military hospital in Phila-
delphia, where he subsequently received an honor-
able discharge from the service on account of phys-
ical disability. Having sufficiently recovered, in
1864 he re-cnlisted, was accepted by the examining
surgeons, and assigned to duty as hospital stew-
ard in the Twenty-fourth Regiment, Veteran Re-
serve Corps, with which he served until the close
of the war. In December, 1865. he was appointed
a hospital steward in the regular army by General
Grant, and served in that capacity for a period of
six years, or until December, 1871, when he re-
signed in order to complete his professional studies.
Prior to leaving the army he was a medical student
at Georgetown, District of Colimibia, University,
and entering the medical department of Bowdoin
College in 1872 he was graduated in July of the
following year. Locating for practice in Canaan,
he found in that town and its environments a most
promising field for professional advancement, and

availing himself of the excellent opportunities open
to him he built up a large general practice, which
he has ever since retained. In politics Dr. Tucker
is a Republican. He formerly served upon the
school board, also upon the board of health and
for many years has acted as a justice of the peace.
His professional society affiliations are with the
New Hampshire State and the White River Med-
ical societies. He was made a Mason at Dover
in 1865, and is now a member of Summit Lodge
of Canaan, and also of Belknap Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons, of Dover. He joined the Knights
of Pythias forty-one years ago, and at the present
time is a member of Mount Cardigan Lodge of
Canaan. He also belongs to Helping Hand Lodge,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Sons
of the Revolution, is a comrade of Admiral Farra-
gut^ Post, No. 52, Grand Army of the Republic, of
Enfield, and was in 1895 medical director of the
department of New Hampshire. He is an ardent
Baptist, a member of the First Baptist Church of
Canaan, New Hampshire. Dr. Tucker married
Miss Mary Albina Kimball, daughter of Peter and
Nancy A. (Adams) Kimball, of Grafton, this state.
He has one daughter, Luie Albina, who was born
April 28, 1884. Dr. Tucker is of Revolutionary de-
scent. His great-great-grandfather, Moses Bur-
bank, was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and his son,
Jonathan Burbank, served from 1776 to the close
of the war.

(VI) Caleb, fourth son of Nathan and Lydia
(Stevens) Tucker, born in Salisbury, November 6,
1789; died in Wilmot, March 29, 1834, was a sub-
stantial and prosperous farmer. He married, De-
cember 26, 181 1, Dorothy Bean, second daughter of
Jeremiah and Mehitable (Garland) Bean, of Sal-
isbury. They had ten children : Samuel Reed
(died young), Samuel Reed, Joseph Bean, Mehit-
able Bean, Mercy, Hannah Hackett, Judith Emeline,
Lydia Cox, Charles Walter and Thomas Brown,
whose sketch follows.

(VII) Thomas Brown, youngest child of Caleb
and Dorothy (Bean) Tucker, was born in Wilmot,
August 17, 1830. He attended the common schools
until fifteen years old, and then began to serve an
apprenticeship at the machinist's trade in Manches-
ter. After a residence of about five years in Man-
chester he removed to Providence, Rhode Island,,
where he rose by successive promotions to the po-
sition of superintendent of the works in which he
was employed. Failing health forced him to give
up this place, and he then engaged in mercantile
business in Rhode Island until 1857, when he re-
turned to New Hampshire and succeeded Hiram
Bell in the management of the old National 'Hotel
at Henniker. In 1859 he returned to his former
occupation of manufacturer of fine tools and builder
of machinery at Providence, where- he remained
until ill health again compelled him to give up
that business, some years later. He returned to
New Hampshire and immediately purchased the
Kearsarge House at Warner, which he conducted
for the ensuing six years. The seven years fol-
lowing this period he operated the Washington
House at Pittsfield, whence he move^ to Peter-
borough, where he pursued the same calling for
many years, until he transferred the business to his
son. Although compelled by circumstances over
which he had no control to relinquish one line of
business, Mr. Tucker achieved a success in enter-
taining the traveling public equal to that which he
attained in making machinery. He was a genial
and agreeable host, always ready "to welcome the
coming and speed the parting guest," and widely



and favorably known. His house acquired the rep-
utation of being .a model place for the entertam-
ment of the public. In financial matters Mr. Tucker
has been successful. He owns valuable land and
some of the principal buildings in Peterborough,
and has been a director in the savings bank. In
politics a Democrat, he took early an mterest
in public affairs, and has filled various political
ofifices. While residing in Pittsfield he was sheriff,
county commissioner, etc. He has been active in
local affairs in Peterborough and has filled the oflice
of president of the board of water commissioners.
He retired from active business, and is now enjoy-
ing the leisure and comforts that a successful life
has brought him. He married, in Rhode Island,
Susan Ruth Cross Clarke, born in Kingston, 1835,
and died September 5. 1901, aged sixty-six years,
eight months and three days, daughter of Samuel C.
Clarke of Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island. They
have one child, whose sketch follows.

(VIII) George Samuel, only child of Thomas
Brown and Susan R. (Clarke) Tucker, born in
Henniker, New Hampshire, July 12, 1858, was ed-
ucated in Providence, Rhode Island. His whole
life since attaining the required age has been de-
voted to hotel management. While yet a boy he
left school to aid his father in this line of employ-
ment, and with the exception of two years spent
in completing and managing the new hotel at Dart-
mouth College, he was associated with his father
until the latter retired about 1890. Since that time
he has managed Tucker's Tavern with such care
and skill as to increase the comforts and the pat-
ronage and extend the reputation of that already
well known hostelry. Mr. Tucker is an able, en-
ergetic and progressive man of the younger gener-
ation, abreast of the times in all that pertains to
public matters, and as a citizen occupies a prorni-
nent place in the community. His political affilia-
tions are with the Democratic party. He is a mem-
ber of Peterborough Lodge, No. 15, Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, of Peterborough, and of Union
Encampment, filling all the chairs in the latter. He
married in Boston, December 25, 1886, Evelyn Gen-
evieve Barker, born in Exeter, Maine, May 12,
1865, daughter of John and Clarinda (Ginn-Robin-
son) Barker. Thev have one daughter. Marguerite
Clarke, born Julv 17, 1888.

(II) Joseph, third son and fifth child of INIorris
and Elizabeth (Gill) Tucker, was born in Salis-
bury. February 20, 1672, and died June 30, 1743.
On November 27, 1735. he gave his son, Moses, of
Kingston, his homestead, which was on the road
from "the mills" to Hampton, in consideration of
maintenance. This was deeded back by Moses
July 13, 1738, and on the same date the father
deeded the homestead to his son James, for three
hundred dollars in province bills of credit. This
deed also included other land. In 1729 the father
deeded to JaTnes forty acres on which the latter
then lived. He married, 1695 (published October
14), Phebe Page, born November 17, 1674. daugh-
ter of Joseph and Martha (Dow) Page, of Haver-
hill. She died December 29, 1736. A Phebe Tucker
was admitted to the Salisbury church. June 18,
1718. The children of this marriage were: James,
Samuel, Joseph, Moses, Ebenezer, and Phebe.

(III) James, eldest child of Joseph and Phebe
(Page) Tucker, born in Salisbury, April 25, 1697,
died July 7, 1769, in his seventy-third year, and
was buried in the South Plain cemetery. The in-
ventory of his estate exceeded £500. He married,
June 15, 1721, Hannah True, born in Salisbury, Au-
gust 28, 1698, daughter of Deacon William and

Eleanor (.Stevens) True. She died July 18, 1773.
Their children were: Henry, Elizabeth, Jabez,
Martha, James, Eleanor, Ebenezer and Henry.
(Mention of Ebenezer and descendants appears in
this article).

(IV) Jabez, second son and child of James (i)
and Hannah (True) Tucker, was born January
6, 1727, and died March 6, 1781. He married in
Salisbury, January 5, 1748, Ruth Morrill, born Au-
gust 27, 1727, in Salisbury, 'and died December 6,
1819, daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Allen)
Morrill (see Morrill, IV), and they had children:

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