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Philip (3) and Susanna (Jacob) Fowler, was born
August 20, 1734, at Ipswich, Massachusetts. When
nine years of age he removed with his people to
Newmarket, New Hampshire, where he signed the
test oath, July 12, 1776. On May 26, 1778, when
he was forty-four years old, he moved from New-
market to Epsom, this state where he spent the
remaining half of his life. On July 12, 1756, Sy-
monds Fowler married Hannah Weeks, daughter of
Jonathan Weeks, who was born in Greenland, New
Hampshire, August 12, 1738. Of this union there
were born eleven children: Hannah (died young) ;•
Susanna, married John Jenness ; Symonds (died
young) : FTannah, married D. Robinson, and (sec-
ond), J. Phelps; Abigail married Nathan Libby.
Benjamin, whose sketch follows; Sally, married
Zebadiah Lcvejoy; Samuel, married Betsey Davis;
Polly, married Samuel Learned; Esther, married
Rev. Asa Merrill ; Winthroj), married Abigail Da-
vis. Symonds Fowler died at Epsom. New Hamp-
shire, April 6, 182T, aged eighty-seven years, and
his wife died there December g, 1807, aged sixty-
nine years.

(VI) Benjamin, second son and sixth child of
Symonds and Hannah (Weeks) Fowler, was born
at Newmarket New Hampshire, June 10, 1769.
When a youth he removed with his father to Ep-
som, this state, and after his marriage bought a
farm at Pembroke, where he spent the last thirty-
seven years of his life. On January 15, 1795, Ben-
jamin Fowler married Mehitable Ladd, daughter
of John and Jerusha (Lovejoy) Ladd, who was
born in Newmarket, this state, March 9, 1776. Her
grandparents were Captain Trueworthy and Me-
hitable (Harriman) Ladd, of Kingston, New
Hampshire. Benjamin and Mehitable (Ladd)
Fowler had eleven children: Jerusha, married
Chandler Hutchinson. Esther, mentioned below,
^lehitable, born May 27. 1798. unmarried. Benja-
min, married Hannah Campbell. John Ladd, mar-
ried Lavina Abbott. Samuel, died unmarried.
Polly and David died in infancy. Asa, married
C. D. Knox. Clarissa died in infancy. Truewor-
thy add, married Catharine L. Sargent. Of these
children Asa was graduated from Dartmouth Col-
lege in i8'^3. became one of the leading lawyers
of the state and judge of the supreme court. For
more than fifty years he was a resident of Con-
cord, where he reared a large family. Two of his
chiklrcn, William P. and Clara M., of Boston,
gave the Fowler Library to the city of Concord in
memory of their father and mother. Benjamin
Fowler died at Pembroke, July 24. 1832, at th ; age
of sixty-three, and his widow died there twenty-
one years later, September 9, 1853, at the age of

(VII) Esther, second daughter and child of
Beniamin and Mehitable (Ladd) Fowler, was born
at Pembroke, New Hampshire, March 16. 1797.
On October 16, 1816, she married William Abbott
(2). son of William and Dorcas (Parker) Abbott,
who was born at Pembroke, August 15, 1794. They
had fi\ e children : Orson, Clarissa, Elvira and
^Nlarvetta (twins), and Laura H. Orson married
Elizabeth Clark, of Epsom, this state, and for bis
second wife, Ann Foster. He moved to Califor-
nia, where he died. Clarissa married Aaron El-
liot, of Dunbart^n. New Hampshire. Elvira died in
infancy. Marvctta is mentioned below. Laura H.
married Asa R. Chamberlain, and lived in State




Centre, Iowa. Mrs. Esther (Fowler) Abbott died
at Pembroke. December 31, 1831, at the early age
of thirty- four years. Her husband, William (2)
Abbott, "lived to complete eighty years, and died
there August 23, 1874.

(VIII) Marvetta, third daughter and fourth
child of William (2) and Esther (Fowler) Abbott,
was born at Pembroke, New Hampshire, May 2.
1823. She was married, June 2, i8.:|6, to William
Goss, son of Jonathan Goss, of Epsom, New Hamp-
shire. (See Goss, IV).

(II) Thomas, youngest child of Philip and
Mary Fowler, was born about 1636, in Ipswich, and
was a resident of Salisbury in 1662 and of Ames-
bury in 1667, when he had a seat assigned to him
in the meeting house there. In December_ of that
year he subscribed to the oath of allegiance at
Amesbury. and in 1679 claimed the "township" of
common right granted by Amesbury in 1660 to
Joseph Peaslee, having purchased it from Peaslee's
son in 1667. He was representative to the general
court in 1692, and died October 3, 1727, in Ames-
bury. His will was made in January, 1726, and
proved thirteen days following his death. He was
•married, April 23, 1660, in Ipswich, to Hannah,
daughter of Francis Jordan. She died in Ames-
bury, June 15, 1716. Their children were: Han-
nah', Thomas.' William, John, Margaret, Jane, Jere-
miah and Mary.

(III) Jeremiah, fourth son and seventh child of
Thomas and Hannah (Jordan) Fowler, wa^s born in
Amesbury, and spent his life in that to'wn. He
was a "s'nowshoe man" in 1708, and made his will
April 10, 1750. This was proved March 18, 1754,
and mentioned his wife Rebecca and children. He
was married, January 6, 1707. in Amesbury, to Re-
becca Colby, daughter of Isaac and Martha (Jew-
■€tt) Colby' (see Colby, ID. She was born before

1684. and' was dismissed from the church at Ro^y-
ley to the Amesbury church in 1714, and w-as still
living in 1750. Their children were: Thomas, Re-
becca, Hannah and Elizabeth.

(IV) Thomas (2), only son of Jeremiah and
Rebecca (Colby) Fowler, was born January 22,
1708, in Amesbury, where he was still living in 1750.
and probably for many years thereafter. He was
•married, January 17, 1732, to Rebecca Davis,
daughter of Joseph and Jemima Davis, of West
Amesbury. No record of their children is at hand
except that they were the parents of Jeremiah

(V) Jeremiah (2). son of Thomas (2) and Re-
becca (Davis) Fowler, was born July 27. 1737, in
Amesbury, and is found as a resident of Newton,
New Hampshire. It is quite probable that he re-
sided in Amesbury and at the adjustment of the
province line in 1741 found his home to be hi New-
ton. No record of his marriage appears in either
Amesbury or Newton. His wife was Mary Wood-
ward, and they were early residents of Hopkinton.
New Hampshire. Mary Woodward was born April
30, 1730, in Warner, New Hampshire, taken captive
by the Indians when sixteen years old. carried to
Quebec, where after three years her father went
and bought her back for $18.50. Mr. Fowler died in
1802, leaving five children. She died October 3.
1829, in her one hundredth year.

(VI) David, son of Jeremiah (2) and Mary

(Woodward) Fowler, was born September 29,

1761, in Newton. New Hampshire, and must have

been a sirall child when his parents rembved to

Tlopkinton. He was an active and useful citizen

■of that town where he was a member of the board

of selectmen from 1797 to 1799. He married Susan
Piper, of that town.

(VII) Joseph, second son of David and Susan
(Piper) Fowler, was born in Hopkinton, New
Hampshire. He married, in 1806, Nancy Robinson
Leavitt, daughter of Jonathan, of Meredith, who
served in the Revolutionary war as private, lieu-
tenant and captain. Captain or Lieutenant-Colonel
Jonathan Leavitt was a private in Captain
Samuel Gilman's company, Colonel Enoch Poor's
regiment. 1775; sergeant in Captain Parson's com-
pany, Colonel David Gilman's regiment, ly?^-/? '•
lieutenant colonel in Joseph Senter's regiment, 1777 ;
lieutenant in Captain Ezekiel Giles' company. Col-
onel Stephen Peabody's regiment, 1778; captain and
lieutenant in Colonel Hercules Mooney's regiment,
1779, New Hampshire Line. Joseph Fowder was
a resident of Bristol as early as 1808. He removed
to Ando^-er, probably as early as 1825, and died
in Lo'well, Massachusetts. His wife died in West
Boxford, Massachusetts, at the age of ninety-one
years. Their children, all born in Bristol, were:
Oscar Fitzalon. Amanda, M. F. Worthen, Jona-
than, Nancy Leavitt, Joseph Martines and Caroline
Matilda Thayer.

(VIII) Oscar F., eldest son of Joseph and
Nancy Robinson (Leavitt) Fowler, was born
September 3, 1808, and died suddenly while on a
visit to his native town (Bristol), August 6, 1876.
He removed to Andover with his father, but
returned to Bristol in 1836, and carried on
the harness maker's trade for many years.
But this business represented only a small
part of the activities of his life. He was an auc-
tioneer whose fame was not confined to his own
state, and his services in this capacity were in con-
stant demand. He was lieutenant-colonel of _ the
thirty-fourth regiment, was postmaster of Bristol
for seventeen years, and served as associate justice
of the court of common pleas. In politics he was
a Democrat, and was very prominent in the coun-
cils of that party. Judge Fowler received only the
education of the common schools of his day, but
he was a man of extraordinary ability and a natural
leader in all enterprises that had for their object
the advancement of the interests of the community
in which he lived. He possessed in a high degree
that courtesy of manners that embodies human
kindness, and he was a helpful citizen in the best
source of the term. He married (first), Abigail,
daughter of James and Ruth Smith, of Bath, New
Hampshire. She died in Bristol, June I, 1833, aged
twenty-seven years. He married (second), in Sep-
tember, 1834, Louisa M., daughter of Thomas and
Susannah Waterman, of Lebanon, New Hampshire.
The name of her grandfather. Silas Waterman, ap-
pears as one of a company of men who came from
Connecticut and made the first settlement north
of Charlestown at Lebanon, New Hampshire. It
is related of them that "they were a hardy, brave
people, tenacious of their principles, of strong
minds, carved habits and good common education."
.Silas Waterman married Silence Peck. Their son
Thomas was the first male child born in Lebanon.
Mrs. Fowler was a woman of rare dignity of char-
acter, and of superior quality of mind. Her neigh-
bor was the one brought to her notice who might
lie in need. Both Judge and Mrs. Fowler were
prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and among its most devoted and liberal
supporters. Their home was always open to the
itinerant preachers and meetings were frequently
held there. The last few years of their lives Mr.



and Mrs. Fowler made their home with their
youngest daughter in Plymouth, where Mrs. Fowler
died September 2, 1878, aged seventy years. Their
children, all born in Bristol, were: i. Abbie Smith,
born August 12, 1835. married, January i, 1856,
Tristram Rogers, a leading physician who has been
many years in practice in Plymouth. Children :
Oscar Fowler, born October 21, 1856; died Decem-
ber 10, 1857. Holted Waterman, born March 27,
1859; died March 2, 1S80. 2. Harriet Waterman,
born October 25, 1837, died April 27, i86r. May
5, 1858, she married Professor Henry Lunimis, a
well known educator. He was from 1886 up to
his death, April 13, 1905, a professor in Lawrence
University, Appleton, Wisconsin. The only son of
this marriage is Charles Fletcher Lummis, born
March i, 1859, an author of international fame.
Among his more important works are "The Awak-
ening of a Nation,"' (]Mexico today), "The Span-
ish Pioneers," and "A Tramp Across the Conti-
nent." He is now editor of Sunshine Land, pub-
lished at Los Angeles, California. Mr. Lummis
was appointed Indian commissioner about two years
since by President Roosevelt. One daughter Lu-
lie, born December 15, i860, is now teaching in Quincy
]\Iansion, Wollaston, Massachusetts. 3. Susan Water-
man, born December 9. 1839, married, June 16, 1864,
John ]\Iason, of Plymouth, who died November 12,
1905. Children : Harry, born June 22, 1865. Wal-
ter Webster, July 25, 1S67. Susie Elizabeth, born
November 7, 1869, died July 30, 1888. Her death
occurred June 21, 1895. Both Mrs. Rogers
and Mrs. -\Iason were specially gifted in
vocal music, and for many years they were lead-
ing singers at musical conventions. 4. George
Storrs, born October 11. 1843. married. December
31, 1867. Esther Louise L'pdegraff. He is a business
man, and resided at Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is
engaged in railroad business with offices in Wash-
ington, District of Columbia. Two children : Flor-
ence and Hattie Waterman.

(IX) Charles J., youngest child of Oscar F.
and Louise (Waterman) Fowler, was born Febru-
ary 6, 1845, in Bristol, New Hampshire. He was
educated in the public schools of Bristol, at Tilton
Seminary, and under private tutelage. He entered
the ministry in 1871, and for several years labored
as a lay evangelist, holding meetings in many sec-
tions of New England as well as other states. He
was very successful at all points, having extensive
revivals in cities like ^Manchester, New Hampshire.
Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts. Mr. Fowler
was admitted to the New Hampshire Conference
in 1883, and served several of the leading churches
in that conference, remaining at Grace Church,
Haverhill. Massachusetts, seven years. Since 1885
he has labored distinctively as a holiness preacher :
in 1894 he was elected president of the National
Association for the Promotion of Holiness, which
position he still holds. In 1895 he received the de-
gree of Doctor of Divinity from Taylor Univer-
sity, and during that year withdrew from the reg-
ular ministry in order to devote his entire time to
holiness evangelism. Dr. Fowler has crossed the
continent twelve times, and preached in rnany of the
large cities from ^Maine to California with remark-
able success, drawing large numbers and witness-
ing great revivals. In 1901 he published "Back to
Pentecost," and he has been for several years editor
of the Christian JJ'itncss, an advocate of Bible
holiness, published in Boston and Chicago. It is
a paper of wide circulation and influence, and the
leading holiness periodical in the country. Febru-
ary 12, 1S74. Mr. Fowler married Emily Peavey,

daughter of Hon. John G. and Taniar (Clark) Sin-
clair, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. They reside
in West Newton, Massachusetts. Their children
are: i. Martha Sinclair, born October 17, 1S74, mar-
ried. October 6, 1898, Andrew S. Woods, of West
Newton. Children : Margaret Louise, born De-
cember, 27, 1900. Edward, December 20, 1903..
Katherine, November 10, 1907. 2. Louise Water-
man, born February 4, 1880, was married August
26, 1907. to Carl Pickhardt, of Islington, Massachu-
setts. 3. Harriet R., born April 14, 1883.

Several emigrants of this name are-
FOWLER known to have been early arrivals-

in New England, and their descend-
ants are numerous. The family now in hand has-
resided in New Hampshire for more than a cen-
tury and a quarter.

(I) Abner Fowler, born March 17, 1753. was-
residing in Sanbornton during the period of re-
construction which followed the realization of the
declaration of independence.

(II) David, son of Abner Fowler, was born-
in Sanbornton, June 24, 1783. He served as a sol-
dier in the second war with Great Britain (1812-
15), being wounded at the battle of Lundy's Lane,,
and afterwards went from Sanbornton to Hebron.
About the year 1846 he moved to North Bristol,,
where he engaged in lumbering and operating a
saw-mill, succeeding his son Blake, who had for-
merly carried on the business. He was crippled'
for life through the wound suffered in the battle-
named. His last days were spent in Alexandria,
and his death occurred there at the age of eighty-
three years, September 14, 1866. He married, June
16, 1803, Deborah Blake. She died September 5,
1S71, aged eighty-six years. Their children were:
Blake, Betsey, Abner, Joseph and Mar}*, who were
born in Sanbornton ; Deborah Jane and Thomas
Lord, who were natives of Hebron.

(HI) Rev. Thomas Lord Fowler, youngest son
and child of David and Deborah (Blake) Fowler,
was born in Hebron, October 10, 1823. In 1845 he
opened a general country store at Bristol, where he
continued in the trade some five years, and he then
turned his attention to the carpenter's trade, which
he followed in Alexandria. In 1855 he moved to
Seabrook and entered a general store. Prior to-
locating in Seabrook, and during his three years
' residence there, he spent his leisure hours in study-
ing theology and kindred subjects, with a view of
preparing himself for the ministry, and joining the
New Hampshire conference he established the first
Methodist Episcopal Church in Marlboro, New
Hampshire, of which he officiated as pastor for the
years 1859, '60 and '6t. Assigned to the church in
"chesterfield he labored there for three years or
until a severe attack of pneumonia compelled hin-j
to suspend his activities. His recovery was slow,
and for a considerable length of time he was only-
able to supply at intervals the pulpits in Westport
and Westmoreland. Withdrawing from the minis-
try, in 1865, he engaged in the manufacture of lum-
ber in Chesterfield, which he relinquished some-
twelve years later in order to devote his energie?
to farming. From Chesterfield he removed to-
Ashuelot, and from the latter place to Westport,.
where he continued to till the soil for the remain-
der of his life, which terminated July to, i8g8.

On August 20, 1844. he married for his first:
wife Mary Hazelton, who died January 16. 1S48,.
and on May 10. following, he married Nancy M.
Giles, whose death occurred in 1895. For his third
wife he married Mrs. Esther Prince. His children




were: Eugene A., son of Mary (Hazelton) Fow-
ler, and by the second marriage Herschel, men-
tioned hereinafter; Orrin R., Leforest C, who died
in infancy, and Manson L. Fowler.

(IV) Herschel Joseph, son of Rev. Thomas L.
and Nancy M. (Giles) Fowler, was born in Alex-
andria, New Hampshire, April 23, 1849. He went
from the public schools to the Newbury (Vermont)
Academy, which he left at the conclusion of his
first year with the intention of returning, but being
offered a position in the drug store of Messrs. How-
ard & Holman at Keene, he decided to begin the
activities of life at once, and was in their employ
for two and a half years, or until failing health
compelled him to take a season of rest. Upon his
return to Keene he entered the employ of Messrs.
Whitcomb & Dunbar, but two years later went to
Milford, Massachusetts, where he was employed
for a time by Captain Barker, and was also engaged
in the hat manufacturing business. Going from
]Milford to Worcester he was employed in the Mon-
roe Organ-Reed Factory for about one year and a
half. After making a prolonged visit to his parents
he went to Minnesota, in 1873, and spent a year at
Medford, that state, in the employ of Le Roy Fow-
ler, a relative. Returning to Chesterfield he pur-
chased his father's lumber mill, which he carried
on alone and also with a partner for some time,
and in July, 1884, he went to Ashuelot, where he re-
sided five years, during which time he acquired a
good knowledge of the box manufacturing business,
He next leased of Elisha Munsell a box manufac-
tory at Swanzey Factory, which he operated suc-
cessfully for three years, and going to Keene at
the expiration of that time he engaged in manu-
facturing what is known as lock-corner boxes at
Beaver Mills. In 1904 he established a box man-
ufactory at Keene which was auspiciously inaugu-
rated in a large brick structure two hun-
dred and twentj'-four by sixty feet, erected on Is-
land street by Mr. Fowler for that purpose and
employing in the neighborhood of seventy opera-
tives. This is now a leading industry of Keene.
As a Republican Mr. Fowler has served in the
common council, 1897, and on the board of alder-
men, and in 1898 and '99 he represented Keene in
the lower branch of the state legislature, serving
on the committee on manufactures. His fraternal
affiliations are with the Masonic Order. He at-
tends the First Congregational Church.

He married (first), September ir, 1876, Ella M.
Carpenter, who died May 25, 1887, a daughter,
Nellie ]\Iaria, born of this marriage, died in ]\Iay,
1887. His second wife, whom he married Febru-
ary 3, 1892, was Medella Byam. Of this itnion there
are two children: Fred H.. born January 2, 1893;
and Grace E., February 25, 1896.

In all probability some man received
HARDY the epithet of "the Hardy" on account

of his bold and resolute demeanor,
and in course of time the word which was intended
to describe him became his surname and that of
his descendants. That this name has not been a
misnomer in the case of the Hardys, of Andover,
Massachusetts, from whom are sprung the Hardys
of this article, is evident from the fact that in one
company of soldiers from Andover, that of Captain
Benjamin Farnum, a reinforcement to the army
near Boston, February, 1776, Eliphalet Hardy was
first lieutenant, and five others of the name were
privates at the same time. In the same year an-
other member of the Andover family was in Col-
onel Wigglesworth's regiment, at Albany.

(I) Thomas Hardy, founder of a numerous
family, born about 1605, arrived in America in
1633 and was one of the founders of Ipswich, Mas-
sachusetts, being among the first twelve who settled
there. In 1653 he removed to Bradford, Massachu-
setts, and aided in forwarding that junior settle-
ment. He died there January 4, 1678, at the age
of seventy-two years. His first wife, Lydia, who
probably accompanied him from England, was the
mother of all his children. His second wife, Ann,
survived him more than eleven years and died May

I, 1689. (Mention of his son John and descendants
appears in this article).

(II) Thomas (2), eldest child of Thomas
Hardy (i), was born in Ipswich or Bradford,
about 1650, and resided in the latter town, where
he died in 1716. The baptismal name of his wife
was Ruth, but there is no record of her family
name. She was the mother of his first child. He
married (second), Mercy Tenney, who Joined the
church November 4, 1694, and died in 1716 at
Bradford. His children included Thomas, William,
James, Ebenezer. Isaac, Hannah and Sarah. The
last three were baptized August 26, 1695. (Men-
tion of William and descendants forms part of this

(III) Thomas (3), eldest child of Thomas (2)
and Ruth Hardy, was born April 2, 1675, and was
baptized June 17, 1683. He resided on a farm m
Bradford and there passed his entire life. He
joined the church there June 26, 1721. He married,.
January 4, 1722, Martha Hardy, daughter of Joseph
and Mary Hardy, born February 17,* 1701. Their
children were: Gideon, Reuben, Phineas, Ebenezer,
Isaac, Phoebe, Martha and Ann.

(IV) Phinehas, third son and child of Thomas
(3) and Martha (Hardy) Hardy, was born July

II, 1726, in Bradford, and settled in HoUis, New
Hampshire, where he was one of the earliest resi-
dents. His name is first found on the tax list of
that town in 1752. He was a soldier in the garri-
son at Portsmouth in 1776, as were four of his
sons. He died at Hollis, March 17,. I7i3, at the
age of eighty-six years. He was inarned at Haver-
hill, Massachusetts, in May. I749, to Abigail Gage,.
of that town. Their children were: Elizabeth,
Martha, Phineas, Thomas, Nathan, Jesse, Isaac,
Moses and Solomon. (Mention of Jesse and de-
scendants appears in this article).

(V) Phineas (2), eldest son of Phineas (i) and
Abigail (Gage) Hardy, went from Bradford to
Hollis, New Hampshire, as early as 1752, and
cleared a farm from the wilderness. The christian
name of his wife was Abigail. He was the father
of four sons: Jesse. Phineas, Jr., Noah and
Thomas. At the breaking out of the war for na-
tional independence he entered the army, and in
1776-77 did garrison duty at Portsmouth, Rhode
Island. His four sons were also enrolled in the
Continental army.

(VI) Deacon Noah, son of Phmeas and Abi-
gail Hardy, was reared to farm life, and upon his
return from the army he resumed that useful call-
ing. He removed from Hollis to Nelson, New
Hampshire, where he resided for many years, and
his last days were spent with a daughter in An-
trim, this state. His death occurred December 21,
1835. His wife, who was before marriage Sarah
Spofford, died May 9, 1850. aged eighty-five years.
His children were: Noah, Betsey, Sally, David,
Hannah H., Silas and Lois. Sally became the wife
of David Ames, of Hancock, and went to reside in
Charlotte, New York. Hannah H. married Ben-
jamin M. Buckminster, in 1819, and died at Antrim-



in 1848. Lois became the wife of Henry Kelsey,
and died in Newport. New Hampshire.

(VH) Noah, eldest child of Deacon Noah and
Sarah (Spofiford) Hardy, was born in Nelson, Sep-
tember 16, 1789. He resided on the old homestead
farm and followed agriculture until about 1825,

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