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(I) The name of Saltmarsh is
SALTMARSH of good old English origin and
repute. The first American an-
cestor was Captain Thomas Saltmarsh, who was
born in England, where he was captain in the
royal navy. There is a tradition not positively
authenticated that he was the son of Captain Wil-
liam Saltmarsh who commanded the ship "Larke,"
of the royal navy, and who at one time went to the
West Indies in the "Jersey." Captain William Salt-
marsh died INIay 28, 1691. Captain Thomas Salt-
marsh came to America in the early part of the
eighteenth century and settled in Charlestown, Mas-
sachusetts. He married ]\Iary Hazen, daughter of
Richard and Mary (Peabody) Hazen, of Boxford,
JNIassachusetts. They lived in Charlestown, where
their two eldest children were baptized — ^iary on
June 6, 1731, and Elizabeth on June 10, 1733. About
1734 Thomas Saltmarsh moved to Watertown, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was an inn-keeper till 1769.
He was constable in 1743; assessor 1741, 1742 and
1745. In 1769 he married a second wife, Mrs.
Anne (Stone) Jones, widow of Abijah Stone, and
daughter of John Jones of Framingham. He had
ten children, all by his first w'ife. It is probable
that the eight younger were born in Watertown.
They were: William, born January 20, 1734-35;
Thomas, mentioned below; John, born November
-9, 1738; Abigail, born May 9, 1740; Deborah, born
September 18, 1742 ; Catherine, born November 2,
1744; Seth, born December 4, 1746; Isaac, born
July 28, 1748. William Saltmarsh, the eldest son,
was a lieutenant under Captain Jonathan Brown at
Lake George in 1758. He married, December 9,
1780, Elizabeth Patterson, and settled on the Sus-
quehanna river, below Owego, New York, where he
died at an advanced age. They had eleven children :
Alanson, the fifth of these children, was bofn Oc-
tober 8, 1794. He studied medicine in Vermont,
and finally became a wealthy planter at Cahawba,
Alabama. He married. May 4, 1826, Mary Ann
Beck, eldest daughter of John and Margaret (King)
Beck. Mrs. Beck was a sister of Hon. William B.
King, vice-president of the L'nited States.

(II) Thomas, second son and fourth child of
Captain Thomas and ^Mary (Hazen) Saltmarsh, w-as
born March 2, i'/Z^-Z7, probably in Watertown. He
married Betsey Abbott, daughter of Edward and
Dorcas (Chandler) xA.bbott, of Concord, New
Hampshire. Edward Abbott was one of the original
proprietors of that town, and was a grandson of
George, who settled at Andover, j\Iassachusetts, in
1743. Betsey Abbott was born August 25, 1743;
she married Thomas Saltmarsh in 1759, and she died
in 1837 at the age of eighty-four. Her husband died
in 1827, in his ninetieth year. They lived in Goffs-
town, New Hampshire. They had nine children :
]\Iehitable, born' in 1762, married James Hoit in
1784, and died in 1S14; John, born 1764, at Goffs-
town, New Hampshire, married Susan Burnham,
born 1754; Polly, born 1756, married in 1791, Samuel
Vose, born in 1759, at Antrim, New Hampshire;
Edward A., mentioned below; Thomas, born 1771,
became a physician at Saco, iNIaine, married Betsey
Evans, and died in 1804; Sally, born 1773; Samuel.



born 1775, married Betsey Burnum, born 1780, who
died in 1840, he died in 1844 at Goffstown, New
Hampshire; Catherine, born 1777, married Thomas
Saltmarsh, born 1774, at Gilford, New Hampshire ;
Isaac, born 1779, married Phebe Stratton, died in
1822, at Antrim, New Hampshire.

(HI) Edward Abbott, second son and fourth
child of Thomas and Betsey (Abbott) Saltmarsh,
was born in 1768, probably in Goffstown, New
Hampshire. He married, in 1791, Sally Story, born
in 1763. Her father, Nehemiah Story, was a sea
captain, and at the time of the Revolution went out
as a privateer, and captured several English vessels.
He was drowned after the war was over while com-
ing from the East Indies with a cargo of molasses.
He owned a gold brooch set with topazes, sap-
phires and diamonds, probably taken from a cap-
tured vessel. This is now in the possession of his
great-great-grandson. Rev. Frank N. Saltmarsh, of
Alton, New Hampshire. Edward A. and Sally
(Story) Saltmarsh had thirteen children: Nehe-
miah, born 1792, died in the army at Plattsburg,
New York, 1813 ; Aaron, born at Hooksett, New
Hampshire, in 1793, married Joan George, and died
in 1842; Abbott, Lucy, Betsey, Thomas, Henry,
Hazen, Susan, Gilman, Franklin, Sally, Abigail.
Mrs. Sally (Story) Saltmarsh died ]\lay 19, i860,
aged ninety-seven years.

(IV) Abbott, third child of Edward A. and
Sally (Story) Saltmarsh, was born in Goffstown,
New Hampshire, November 10, 1795. He lived in
Goffstown in his youth, then carried on at the
halves the farm of Retire Mitchell, a preacher at
Hooksett, New Hampshire. Abbott Saltmarsh later
moved to Bow, New Hampshire, where he lived
about five years ; then lived at West Concond and
East Concord, New Hampshire, and came back to
West Concord, where he died. When he was liv-
ing at Bow, he was one of the first in the town
who voted the Free Soil ticket. He married, March
12, 1S23. Polly Stevens, daughter of John and Lois
(Buzzell) Stevens, of Croydon, New Hampshire,
who was born June 5, 1803. They had eleven chil-
dren : Mary, married Captain Albert Abbott, and
lived in Concord, New Hampshire; John E., married
Abigail D. Abbott, and lived in Concord; Gilman,
mentioned below; Hannah, born February 18, 1831,
died September 4, 1833 ; an infant son, born Ju;ie
23, 1833, died July 24, 1833 ; Seth, married Sally S.
Wales, and lived in Loudon, New Hampshire, and
had five children — Alfred, S. Leroy, Minnie, Frank
and Albert ; Nehemiah, born May 17, 1837, died
August, 1897; Alfred and Albert (twins), born
February 18, 1840, Alfred died November 23. 1851,
Albert is mentioned at length in this article;
Amanda, married Luther D. Jones, and lived in
Concord; and Emma, born December i, 1845. Gil-
man, the third child, and Harriet (Robertson) Salt-
marsh had four children: jNIartha Alice, George
Abbott, Harriet Amanda and Frank Nehemiah. All
of them taught school. The two sons graduated
from college, both of them being Phi Beta Kappa
men. George A., graduated from Dartmouth Col-
lege in 1884, and from the Boston Law School in
1887. He was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts,
and is a lawyer in Boston. Frank N. graduated
from Dartmouth College in 1893, and from Andover
Theological Seminary in 1897. He preached at
West Hartford, Vermont, for six years, and in 1903
came to Alton, New Hampshire, where he now
ministers to the Congregational Church. Amanda
Saltmarsh, ninth child of Abbott and Polly (Ste-
vens) Saltmarsh, married Luther D. Jones. They
had two children : Emma A., and Static. Emma

A. Jones married Dr. Marshall Bailey, formerly
of Concord, New Hampshire, now physician to Har-
vard University. Static married Charles C. Jones,
who is employed in the University Press, Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts. Abbott Saltmarsh married
for his second wife Mrs. Lois (Stevens) Kempton,
widow of Amos Kempton, of Newport, New Hamp-
shire, sister to his first wife. He died January
25, 1876.

(V) Gilman Saltmarsh, third child of Abbott
and Polly (Stevens) Saltmarsh, was born in Hook-
sett, New Hampshire, December 7, 1828. In early
manhood he went to Bow and engaged in farming
and lumbering, and has ever since resided there.
He was for many years an earnest member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he was a
local preacher. In politics he is a Republican. He
married, in Bow, July i, 1853, Harriet Emeline
Robertson, who v.as born in Bow, March 26, 183 1,
daughter of Daniel R. and Harriet (Lawrence)
Robertson, of Bow. They have had four children :

1. Martha Alice, unmarried, resides in Concord.

2. George Abbott, mentioned below. 3. Harriet
Amanda, unmarried, resides in Bow. 4. Frank
Nehemiah, graduated from Dartmouth College in
1893, and from Andover Theological Seminary in
1897. He preached at West Hartford, Vermont,
six years, and in 1903 removed to Alton, New
Hampshire, where he ministered to the Congrega-
tional Church until 1907, and then removed to Gil-
manton. New Hampshire. All of the above-
mentioned children taught in the New Hampshire

(VI) George Abbott, eldest son and second
child of Gilman and Harriet Emeline (Robertson)
Saltmarsh, was born in Bow, October iS, 1858. He
attended the public schools of Bow and Concord,
the seminary at Tilton, took two years private in-
struction in Concord under the late Amos Hadley,
Ph. D., and then entered Dartmouth College, from
which he graduated with honors, receiving the de-
gree of A. B. in 1884. He entered the Boston
University Law School in 1885, and obtained the
degree of B. L. on graduation in 1887. He was im-
mediately afterward admitted to the Suffolk bar and
in 1906 to the New Hampshire bar. He was for a
time librarian of the Boston Bar Association. He
opened an office in Boston soon after his admission
to the bar, and ever since then has been engaged
in the general practice of his profession, in which
he has found success and in which he finds an
ever widening field of labor and constantly in-
creasing remuneration. He was for ten years as-
sociated in practice with Sherman L. Whipple, one
of the most eminent attorneys of the New Eng-
land bar, and now in connection with his Boston
office at No. 18 Tremont street, has an office in
Concord, New Hampshire, with John M. Stark.
For a number of years he resided in Everett, but
since 1900 has made his home in Winchester, with
a summer home near Concord, where the family re-
side several months in the year. He is an at-
tendant of the Congregational Church. He is a
member of Palestine Lodge, of Everett, Massachu-
setts, Royal Arch Chapter, Commanderj', Knights
Templar, and of the INIassachusetts Consistory, of
Boston, where he attained the thirty-second degree.

Mr. Saltmarsh married, in Everett, Massachu-
setts, 1890, N. Gertrude Soulee, w-ho was born in
Boston, Massachusetts, February, 1865, daughter of
David A. and Lucy M. (Rogers) Soulee, of Everett,
Massachusetts. They have four children : Sher-
man Whipple, George Abbott, Jr., Lucy Marguerite
and Roger Wolcott. Harriet Gertrude died young.

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(V) Albert, eighth child of Abbott and Polly
(Stevens) Saltmarsh, was born February 18, 1840,
in Bow, New Hampshire. At the age of thirteen
he went to live with Nathan Kilburn Abbott and
his sisters on the pleasant farm west of Long
Pond, in West Concord, New Hampshire. Nathan
K. Abbott was one of the old-time school teachers,
having taught for twenty-five years in succession.
Mr. Saltmarsh was educated in the district schools.
He has always been a reader of good literature, and
having a retentive memory is able to quote ex-
tensively. Nathan K. Abbott died June 14, 1878,
and after his death and that of his sisters. Miss
Sally and Miss Lois, Mr. Saltmarsh inherited the
farm and other property. In 1883 some friends
from the city, attracted by the beauty of the location,
begged to come as boarders, and every season since
then the house has been full of summer people.
Mr. Saltmarsh has an invaluable assistant in his
niece, Miss Alice who has acted as his housekeeper
for many years. Although living on a farm, Mr.
Saltmarsh's chief occupations have been in other
lines. He has a strong artistic bent, and he re-
ceives orders for crayon portraits from all parts
of the state. He is unusually successful in catch-
ing the likeness of the subject. His mechanical
skill is in demand as a repairer of clocks and
watches. In politics he is a Republican. He is
one of the best known men in his district, and has
held many offices. He has been one of the select-
men, and in 1878-79 he was a member of the com-
mon council in Concord, being president of that
assembly during the latter year. He was alderman
from Ward Three during 1883-84. He was a charter
member of Capital Grange, founded in 1886, was the
first overseer and second master, and has been
chorister for many years. He has taken a promi-
nent part in the dramatic entertainments. He has
had much to do with educational work, was on the
prudential school committee two terms, and since
1888 has served continuously as a member of the
town school board, of which he has been chairman
since 1S94. He has been justice of the peace for
the state since i8g6. He has been agent for the
Grange Mutual Insurance Company for many years.
]\Ir. Saltmarsh has attended the Congregational.
Church most of his life. The value of his home has
been greatly enhanced of late by the immediate
proximity of the summer cottages of the New
Hampshire State Hospital. This institution has
bought a large estate adjoining Long Pond, and
encompassing many of the tributary brooks. The
grounds have been laid out with taste and skill and
constitute one of the finest examples of landscape
gardening in the state.

•This name has been known in the
FLETCHER United States since 1630, and has
been borne by many prominent citi-
zens. The Fletchers have generally been leading
people in the communities where they have dwelt
The name was originally written Pledger, and was
the name of the trade of a maker of arrows, or as
some think, of affixing the • feather to the arrow —
fledging it. The Fren;:h word Flechier has pre-
cisely the same meaning, and some have inferred a
French extraction. All the traditions concur, how-
ever, in making the early ancestors of this family
of English or Welsh stock, and Yorkshire, one of
the northern countries of England, is named as the
spot whence they emigrated to America. The name
has been and still is common there. Rev. Elijah
Fletcher, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, born 1747,
iv— 30

died 1786, the first so far as known who made
genealogical collections of the family, believed that
the great ancestor, Robert Fletcher, came from
Yorkshire, and that account was gathered when
Robert's great-grandchildren were living.

(.1) Robert Fletcher settled at Concord, Mas-
sachusetts, in 1630, in which year seventeen ships
arrived in Massachusetts Bay and at Plymouth.
He had three sons, Luke, William and Samuel, and
was himself thirty-eight years of age. Concord,
the twentieth town incorporated in Massachusetts,
was organized in 1635, and his name appears in
the earliest records of that town. In the court
files of Middlesex county his name frequently oc-
curs as a petitioner for bridges, as juryman, etc.
He became a wealthy and influential man, and died
at Concord, April 3, 1677, aged eighty-five. His
children were : Luke, William, Samuel, Francis and
Gary. (Mention of Francis and William, and de-
scendants, appears in this article.)

(II) William, second son of the settler, Robert
Fletcher, was born in England, in 1622, and came
when eight years of age to Concord, Massachusetts,
with his father and his two older brothers. He was
admitted freeman. May 10, 1643. In the year 1653
he settled in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, of w-hich
he was one of the first inhabitants, and here he was
chosen selectman, November 22, 1654. "This first
publick meeting was holden at his house." On
the court files of Middlesex county his name fre-
quently appears ; in 1665, as a petitioner for a road ;
the same year on a bill of costs for his servant
being put in the house of correction, etc. The birth
of his daughter Lydia on the Concord records is
the first birth of a Fletcher that is recorded in
Amerita. His tract of land embraced what is now
the city of Lowell, and a part of his land, a farm
near the meeting house in Chelmsford, remains as
it has been for more than two hundred years in
possession of the family, and is now occupied by
Gardner Fletcher. He married Lydia Bates, in
Concord, October 7, 1645. He died November 6,
1677, and she died October 12, 1704. Their chil-
dren were : Lydia, Joshua, Mary, Paul, Sarah, Wil-
liam, Esther and Samuel.

(HI) Joshua, son of William and Lydia (Bates)
Fletcher, was born March 30, 1648, was admitted
freeman, March 11, 1689, and died November 21,
1713. He married (first) Grissies Jewell, May 4,
1668, who died January 16, 1682; married (second)
Sarah Willy, July iS, 1682. His children were :
Joshua, Paul, Rachel, Timothy, John, Joseph, Sarah,
Jonathan, Elizabeth and Jonas. (Mention of Jo-
seph and descendants forms part of this article.)

(IV) Joshua (2), son of Joshua (i) and (jris-
sies (Jewell) Fletcher, was born in Chelmsford.
He moved to Westford, Alassachusetts, and was the
head of the Westford branch of the Fletcher family.
All of his sons raised their families in that town, but
nearly all his grandchildren removed, and he has no
representatives there now. He was a deacon in the
church. The gravestones of Joshua and his wife
may be seen in the east cemetery in Westford, where
they lived and reared their numerous family. He
married Dorothy Hale, a native of Scotland. He
died October 19, 1732, and she died August 20,
1770. Their children were : Joshua, Gershom,
Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Esther, Ephraim, Zacha-
riah, Dorothy, Sarah and Eunice. (Alention of
Ephraim and descendants appears in this article.)

(V) Gershom, second son and child of Joshua
(2) and Dorothy (Hale) Fletcher, was born July
27, 1702, and died June 28, 1779. He appears to



have removed from Westford to Groton, Massachu-
setts, and then to have returned to Westford. He
removed in 1773 to Plymouth, New Hampshire, and
thence back to Westford, in 1778, where he died.
His gravestone is to be seen in the cemetery in
Westford. He married Lydia Townsend, who died
June 28, 1779. Their children were : Lydia, Esther,
Gershom, Olive, Sarah, Alary, Lucy, Martha and

CVi) Joshua (3), ninth and youngest child
of Gershom and Lydia (Townsend) Fletcher, was
born in Westford, Massachusetts, September 24,
1756, and died at Bridgewater, New Hampshire,
August 15, 1829. He was a Congregational minister,
and preached more than twenty years. He owned a
farm in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he spent
most of his life, and followed farming in connection
with his ministry, laboring with his own hands,
as it was customary for ministers to do in those
times. He was a man greatly beloved by all who
knew him. He married, 1775, Sarah Brown, who
died in 1854, aged ninety-seven and a half years.
Their children were: Joshua, Joseph, Gershom,
Nathan, Samuel, William, Asa, Amos, Sarah and
Daniel H.

(.VH; Joseph, second son and child of Joshua-
and Sarah (Brown) Fletcher, was born in Plymouth,
New Hampshire, in 1778, and died at Campton,
January 5, 1824. He was a joiner by trade. He
married, December 29, 1802, Betsey Webster, born
April 30, 1782, died at Rumney, March 16, 1863.
Their children were : Betsey, Arthur, Hannah, Jo-
seph, Moore R., Ruth Webster, Sarah B., William
W., Charles and George W.

(VHI) George Washington, sixth son and
youngest child of Joseph and Betsey (Webster)
Fletcher, was horn February 2, 182 1, at Campton.
He lived from the age of five to nineteen with his
brother-in-law, David Cheney, on a farm in Gro-
ton, New Hampshire. He was educated in the com-
mon schools of Groton and at Hebron Academy.
When nineteen years old he went to Lowell, Massa-
chusetts, and worked in the cotton mills a short
time. From there he went to Natick and worked
in a shoe factory. He was a fellow workman with
and later on an employee of Henry Wilson, who
later was vice-president of the United States. Mr.
Wilson failed in the shoe business and at that
time was indebted to Mr. Fletcher in a small sum.
About fifteen years later the two met on the street
in Boston, when Mr. Wilson reminded Mr. Fletcher
of his indebtedness and expressed his pleasure to
liquidate it, and handed over the amount due 10
his creditor. Bad health compelled Mr. Fletcher to
seek different employment, and he went to Rumney,
New Hampshire, and entered into partnership with
his brother-in-law, John L.' Dearborn. Here he
remained six years. About 1855 he began the
manufacture of what were called Plymouth buck
gloves. This business he carried on until about
1885. Much of the work was done outside of the
factory by women who took the materials to their
homes and there made up the gloves. Mr. Fletcher
retired from business in 1885, and lived at Rumney
till his death, March 11, 1890. He was a man who
possessed the confidence of his townsmen, and was
sent to the legislature in 1862, 1875 and 1876. He
cast his first vote for Democratic candidates, but
ever afterward was a staunch Republican. He was
a Baptist from 1865, and from 1868 to 1883 was
a deacon in the Baker's River Baptist Church at

He married, April 20, 1845, Hannah R. Avery,
daughter of Nathaniel Avery, of Stratham, born

November 2, 1820, and died May 5, 1S82. There
were two children of this marriage — Ellen Webster,
borp May 20, 1851, married George P. French, of
Rumney, and (second) Rev. George W. Clough, a
Baptist clergyman, now located at Windsor, Ver-
mont. The second child is mentioned below.

(IX) George Moore, only son of George W.
and Hannah R. (Avery) Fletcher, was born at
Rumney, December 19, 1852. He received his liter-
ary education in the common school and the New
London Literary and Scientific Institution, spend-
ing one year at the latter school. At the age of
twenty-one he formed a partnership with his father
in the manufacture of gloves, which continued five
years. August 26, 1878, he began the study of law
in the office of Hon. Evarts W. Farr, of Littleton,
who that year was elected to congress. Here he
spent a year, and then entered the law department
of the University of jMichigan, where he spent two
years, graduating in March, 1881, with the de-
gree of LL. B. The following six months he
spent in the office of Frederick Hooker, of Min-
neapolis, Minnesota. After making a visit of some
weeks to North Dakota, he returned to Concord
and spent six months in the law office of Bing-
ham & Mitchell. In March, 1883, he was admitted
to the bar and has since been in the practice of law
in Concord. Mr. Fletcher has been a Republican
all his life. He was a member of the New Hamp-
shire house of representatives from ward No. 4
from June, 1889, to January, 1891, being elected
while the terms were biennial, and having his term
shortened by the operation of the law making terms
for one year only. He was a member of the com-
mittee on revision of statutes and chairman of the
committee on engrossing bills. From April i, 1897,
to April I, 1901, he was solicitor for Merrimack
county. January i, 1902, he was appointed judge
of the police court of Concord and still holds that
position (1905). He is a member of the Unitarian
Church. A member of Blazing Star Lodge, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons. Judge Fletcher is a
man of pleasant manners, makes friends and keeps
them, and is therefore popular.

Judge Fletcher married, January 19, 1875, Addie
.C. Spaulding, daughter of George C. and Annette
J. Spaulding. They have three sons : Walter H.,
born August 8, 1877, a graduate of Dartmouth Col-
lege, class of 1900, principal of Sanderson Academy,
Ashfield, Massachusetts ; Robert D. and Richard S.,
twins, born July 31, 1889, now in school.

(V) Ephraim, third son and seventh child of
Deacon Joshua (2) and Dorothy (Hale) Fletcher,
was born in Westford, March 12, 1710. He en-
listed for service in the French and Indian war,
departed for the scene of hostilities and was never
heard from. In a Hst of persons. in captivity con-
tained in the Massachusetts Archives (Vol. 74) is
the name of Ephraim Fletcher, reported as having
been captured by the enemy at Oswego in August,
1756, and as there is no official mention of his re-
turn his ultimate fate must forever remain a mys-
tery. The christian name of his wife was Hannah,
and his first ffve children were : Joshua, Peter,
Lois, Sarah and Ephraim.

(VI) Peter, second son and child of Ephraim
and Hannah Fletcher, was born in Westford, Janu-
ary 22, 1736. About the year 1762 he settled in
New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and resided there
until his death, which took place April 11, 1812.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Sep-
tember 8, 1761, he married Ruth Adams, who was
born January 3, 1739, died April 28, 1816, and she
bore him nine children, namely: Dorothy, Ruth,




Peter, Ebenezer, David, Submit, James, who died
young, another James and Lydia.

(VII) Ebenezer, second son and fourth child
of Peter and Ruth (Adams) Fletcher, was born
(probably) in New Ipswich, May. 17, 1770. He

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