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was a carpenter by trade but did not confine him-
self exclusively to that calling, and settling in
Charlestown, New Hampshire, in 1808, he engaged
in the manufacture of lumber, operating a saw-
mill there for a number of years. In 1824 he re-
moved to Pittsburg, Vermont, but subsequently re-
turned to the Granite State, and spent the remainder
of his life in Colebrook. The maiden name of his
wife was Peday Smith. She became the mother
of five children : Lucretia Eliza, Hiram Adams,
Kimball Batchelder, jNlary Hasham and Lucy Ann.
(Kimball B. and descendants receive further men-
tion in this article.)

(VIII) Hiram Adams Fletcher, second child
and eldest son of Ebenezer and Peday (Smith)
Fletcher, was born in Springfield, Vermont, De-
cember 14, 1806. His early education was acquired
in the public schools and at the Kimball Union
Academy, Plainfield, New Hampshire. At the age
of nineteen years he began his legal preparations,
and during the successive five years his studies
wei^e directed at intervals by Ex-Governors Hub-
bard and Williams, General Cushman and John L.
Sheaf. After his admission to the bar in 1832 he
spent a year in the office of Thomas Gilman Fletcher
in New York City, at the expiration of which
time he returned to New England and began the
practice of law in his native town. A year later
he moved to Colebrook,_ this state, where he created
an extensive general law business, and in 1849 he
found it advisable to remove to Lancaster, where
a broader field of usefulness was open to him.
There he continued to practice with pronounced
success for the remainder of bis life, and for a
period of thirty years was regarded as one of the
leading members of the Coos county bar. During
his latter years he suffered from a serious pulmo-
nary affection, and his death occurred January 30,
1879. A brief biographical article written by one
who was familiar with his character and professional
attainments states that he commanded the respect
of both the bench and the bar, and that his knowl-
edge of law, augmented by varied and extensive
reading, was frequently manifested in court. In
May, 1834, Mr. Fletchew married Persis Everett
Hunking, daughter of Dr. Benjamin Hunking, of
Lancaster, and her death occurred in July, 1878.
She was the mother of six children, namely : Al-
mira Barnes, born February 29, 1836, became the
wife of Judge William S. Ladd, of the New Hamp-
shire supreme court ; Emily Eliza, born December
27, 1838, died January i, 1857; Richard, born in
May, 1840, died young; Richard, born May 16,
1844, served in the Fifth Regiment, New Hamp-
shire Volunteers, during the Civil war; Everett,
who will be again referred to ; and Lucy Ellen, born
January 28, 1855, married William A. Holman, of
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

(IX) Hon. Everett, third son and fifth child
of Hiram A. and Persis E. (Hunking) Fletcher,
was born in Colebrook, December 23, 1848. He was
educated at the Lancaster Academy and the Uni-
versity of Michigan, and his legal studies were
pursued in the office of Fletcher & Heywood at
Lancaster. Admitted to the Coos county bar in
1870 he inaugurated his professional career in Lan-
caster, and in 1873 became associated in practice
with his father under the name of Fletcher &
Fletcher. The firm continued in business for four

years, at the conclusion of which time the junior
member entered into partnership with Judge Wil-
liam S. Ladd, previously referred to, who had just
retired from the supreme bench, and the law firm
of Ladd & Fletcher existed until the death of the
senior partner in 1891. The firm name, however,
was continued unchanged by the succession to
partnership of Fletcher Ladd, a son of the Judge.
As a lawyer Mr. Fletcher was a worthy successor
to his eminent progenitor and it has been said of
him that "as one of the best read lawyer* in New
Hampshire he could quote from memory more
genuine law from the statutes than some practition-
ers could find in a half-day's search. Moreover he
was a man of sound judgment, untiring industry
and unquestionable integrity." With these quali-
fications his practice was necessarily extensive.
From 1883 to 1886 he served as judge advocate
general upon the staff of Governor Hale, and from
the latter year until 1892 served as judge of pro-
bate for Coos county. It is worthy of note that
only one of his decisions was carried to the su-
preme court on appeal, and his ruling was sus-
tained by that tribunal. At one time when a vacancy
existed on the supreme bench his name was brought
forward as a candidate, and had the selection been
made from the northern part of the state it is
quite probable that he would have received the
appointment. In politics he was a Republican, and
as a member of the state committee he rendered
efficient service to his party. He resigned his office
of judge of probate in order to devote his time
exclusively to his law business, and his practice
was brought to an end by his untimely death, which
occurred August 18, 1900. Judge Fletcher was a
member of all the Masonic bodies, and a thirty-
second degree Mason.

On June 9, 1894, Judge Fletcher was united in
marriage with Rose Wentworth Davis, born De-
cember 6, 1868, daughter of Osborn Davis, of
Biddeford, Maine. She was reared in Jefferson.
Mrs. Fletcher married for her second husband
William H. Chamberlain and resides in Jefferson.

(VIII) Kimball Batchelder Fletcher, second son
and third child of Ebenezer and Peday (Smith)
Fletcher, was born in Charlestown, New Hamp-
shire, September 13, 1810. He began the activities
of life as a. farmer in Pittsburg, New Hampshire,
whence he moved to a farm in Canaan, Vermont,
and in 1857 removed to Lancaster, New Hampshire,
where he died November 4, 1894. He was a Re-
publican in politics and took considerable interest
in public affairs, holding some of the important town
offices. His first wife, who was before marriage
Sarah G. Cummings, bore him three children —
Ephraim Sumner, born October 24, 1834; Charles
Warren, June 30, 1837; and Frederick Goodhue,
December 26, 1842. Kimball Batchelder Fletcher
was married for the second time at Lancaster in
1843 to Mrs. Mary (Brown) Copp, a widow, who
had two daughters by her previous marriage. She
bore him two children : Kimball Brown, who will
be again referred to ; and Mary, who was born De-
cember 4, 1851, and died September 2(i, 1864. Mr.
Fletcher's second wife died September 9, 1864. and
for his third wife he married, in November, 1865,
INIary M. Freeman, of Guildhall, Vermont.

(IX) Kimball Brown, only son of Kimball B.
and Mary (Brown-Copp) Fletcher, was born in
Canaan, Vermont, November 27, 1849. After the
conclusion of his studies in the Lancaster public
schools he entered as an apprentice, August 6, 1866,
the shops of Thompson, Williams & Company, and
learned the machinist's trade. July 5, 1870, he



went into the employ of the Grand Trunk railroad
in repair shops at Gorham, New Hampshire. No-
vember, 1873, he went to Susquehanna Depot,
Pennsylvania, in the employ of the Erie railway as
machinist on locomotive repairs, but in September,
1874, he returned to Lancaster, New Hampshire.
October 9, 1874, he formed the partnership of A.
Thompson & Company, and at the death of Mr.
Thompson, 1882, tlie tirni name was changed to
Thompson Manufacturing Company. That concern
was reorganized and incorporated m 1892, and with
the exception of a short time spent in Nashua and
Boston, Mr. hletcher has devoted his energies
to its welfare and development. He was for eighteen
years treasurer of the above company, and at the last
annual meeting was chosen president. Mr. Fletcher
is a thirty-second degree JNIason, being a member of
North Star Lodge, chapter and commandery, Lan-
caster, of Edward A. Raymond Consistory, Nashua.
He participates quite actively in religious work, and
is chairman of the executive committee ot the
Congregational Church. He married, November 24,
1880, Nellie Hobson, daughter of S. D. Hobson, 01
Island Pond, Vermont, and has two children,
Esther M. and Robert H.

(.IV) Captain Joseph, sixth child and fifth son of
Joshua Fletcher, and eldest child ^ of his second
wite, Sarah Willey, was born in Chelmsford, Massa-
chusetts, June 10, 1689, and died in Westford, Octo-
ber 4, 1772, aged eighty-three. He settled after
marriage in Westford, Massachusetts, where he
resided the remainder of his life. He married,
November 17, 1712, Sarah Adams, of Concord. She
was born in 1O91, and died April 24, 1761, aged
seventy. Their children, all born in Westford,
were: Joseph, Benjamin, Timothy, Thomas, Sarah,
Edith, Pelatiah, Joshua, Ruth and Mary.

(V) Deacon Joshua, eighth child and sixth son
of Captain Joseph and Sarah (Adams) Fletcher,
was born in Westford, November 20, 1731, and
died June 10, 1783. He settled about two miles
from the place of his birth, in Westford. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Raymond, and they were the parents
of nine children, all born in Westford : Levi, Ly-
man, Joshua, Paul, Isaac, Elizabeth, Abigail, Patty,
and Sally.

(VI) Lyman, second son and child of Deacon
Joshua and Elizabeth (Raymond) Fletcher, was
born in Westford, June 12, 1758, and resided there,
where he died in 1834. He married, in 1794,
Louisa Gates, of Ashburnham, who died in 1861.
They had eight children: Lyman, Levi, Thomas,
Louisa, George Washington, Walter, Hosea, Patty,
Paul Raymond, and Sarah.

(VII) Walter, fifth child and fourth son of
Lyman and Louisa (Gates) Fletcher, was born m
Westford, July 20, 1805, and died in Mason, New
Hampshire. He was a farmer. He married, August
31, 1828, Mary Chamberlin. After the birth of his
first child he removed to Plymouth, Vermont, whence
he removed to Mt. Holly and Weston, Vermont,
where hir wife died of consumption, May 12, 1841.
He married second, Laura Haskell, who was born
June 12, 1821, and died April 6, 1863; third, Mrs.

Haskell. He spent the last years of

his life in Mason, New Hampshire. The children
by the first wife were: Samuel Walter, George
Washington, and Joseph, and four sons who died
young. By the second wife: Henry N., Raymond
J., Mary E., Julia A., Judson E., Levi T., Emma E.,

and George A. , ■, , r -ixr u

(VIII) Samuel Walter, eldest child of Walter
and Mary (Chamberlin) Fletcher, was born in
Westford, Massachusetts, January 24, 1829, and died

in Bemis, Massachusetts, 1889. He went with
his father to Vermont, and in 1848 removed to the
east part of Rindge, New Hampshire, where he
was engaged for some years in the manufacture
of wooden trays. He married and shortly after
removed to Bennington, Vermont, where he lived
two or three years and then returned to Rindge
and settled at "the Center." In 1856 he removed to
Haverhill, and thence returned to Rindge. He
enlisted in the war "of the rebellion, August, 1862,
in Company I, Ninth Regiment New Hampshire
Volunteers, and was in the battles of South
Mountain and Antietam. He was wounded, and
discharged after serving nine months on account
of disabilities arising from his wounds. For some
years preceding 1869 he was engaged the most of
the time in the wooden-ware business. About the
date last given he formed a partnership with War-
ren W. Emory, under the style of Fletcher &
Emory, and engaged in a general mercantile busi-
ness at Rindge Centre until 1872. Mr. Fletcher
then removed to West Rindge, where the firm
carried on a second store. Iwo years later the
partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Fletcher carried
on the business alone until 1876, when he removed
to Bemis, Massachusetts, where he was engaged
in a grocery business until his death, in 1889. ' In
politics he was a Republican, and for several years
following his appointment, March 18, 1869, was
postmaster at Rindge Centre. He was a member
of the Congregational Church Society, and one of
its standing committee for several years. He was
a man of excellent character and standing, a pros-
perous business man, a pleasant companion, and a
faithful friend. He married first, in Rindge, April
25, 1850, Emily T. Brooks, who was born in Rindge,
March 25, 1829, daughter of Joseph and Emily
(Taylor) Brooks, of Rindge. She died June 24,
1852, and he married second, November 9, 1852, her
sister, Caroline M. Brooks. There was born of
the first wife one child, Henry W., and of the
second, four children : Frederick Perley, Frank
Leslie, Mary Emma, and Irving Taylor. Frederick
Perley and Frank Leslie died young. Mary Emma
is unmarried, and resides in AUerton, Massachu-
setts. Irving T. is in the grocery business in Wa-
tertown, Massachusetts ; he married Eflie Green, and
has one child, Walter.

(IX) Henry Walter, only child of Samuel W.
and Emily T. (Brooks> Fletcher, was born in
Rindge, December 8, 1851. He attended the pub-
lic schools of Rindge, Appleton Academy at New
Ipswich, and Bryant and Stratton's Business Col-
lege in Boston, obtaining a practical business edu-
cation. After teaching school in New Ipswich and
Rindge he became a partner in the firm of Fletcher
& Emory, at West Rindge, for fifteen months. He
then engaged in agricultural pursuits at Rindge
Centre until 1890, and then entered the employ of
the Cheshire Improvement Company, a concern _ in
East Rindge, engaged in a variety of pursuits,
chiefly farming and brickmaking. After some
years of experience he became superintendent of
this company, and held that position until 1898,
having charge of a force of one hundred or one
hundred and fifty men. November, 1899, he pur-
chased the general store of H. E. Wetherbee, at
West Rindge, which he has since conducted with
a growing and remunerative trade, carrying a
general stock of goods. In 1872-3, while in busi-
ness at West Rindge, he was postmaster, station
agent, and express agent. He fills the two last
named places now, and was postmaster from 1899



to 1902, resigning the postmastersliip in the latter
year in favor of his son, to go to J;he legislature.
He is a Republican, and has always been active
in public business. He has held several minor town
offices, and was tax collector two years, selectman
six consecutive years, and later two more, and
representative 1902-3. Mr. Fletcher's activity in
business, liberal and progressive views, and general
good fellowship have made him a trusted and in-
tluential citizen.

He married in Rindge, 1875, Anna C. Norcross,
who was born in Rindge, March 9, 1853, daughter
of Joshua and Calista K. (Cooper) Norcross, of
Rindge. (See Norcross VHI). They have had four
children, three of whom are graduate of the local
high school and the Murdock School at Winchen-
don, Massachusetts. They are : Eva A., Charles
W., Sydney N., and Alice, who died young. Eva
A. married Dr. F. E. Sweeney, and resides in East
Jaffrey; they have two children: Fred Foster and
Sydney F. Charles Walter, who attended Dart-
mouth College one and one-half years, is in the
store with his father; he married Stella A. Bemis,
of Northboro, Massachusetts, daughter of Justin
Waldo and Lizzie Gertrude Bemis, of Northboro,
Massachusetts, and resides in West Rindge. Syd-
ney N., a graduate of Bryant & Stratton's Business
College of Boston, is employed by the Hotel and
Railroad News Company of Boston, and resides
in Newton, Massachusetts.

(H) Francis, fourth son of Robert Fletcher,
was born in 1636, in Concord, Massachusetts, and
remaired with his father in that town. He be-
came a large land owner, being the possessor of
seventeen lots of land in Concord, Massachusetts,
amounting to four hundred and thirty-seven acres.
He was admitted freeman in 1677, and in the same
year was reported "in full communion with ye

• church in Concord." In December, 1661, he was
one of the signers of a petition to license men to
sell wine. He married, August i, 1656, Elizabeth,
daughter of George and Catherine Wheeler. She
died June 14, 1704. Their children were: Samuel,
Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Hezekiah, Hannah
and Benjamin.

(HI) Corporal Samuel, eldest child of Francis
and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Fletcher, was born
August 6, 1657, in Concord, and resided in that
town, where he was selectman in 1705-07-09-13.
He was entitled corporal, which probably arose
from his service in the militia. He died October
23, 1744, and was survived three days by his wife.
He married, April 15, 1682, Elizabeth Wheeler.
Their children, all born in Concord, were : Samuel
(died young), Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Han-
nah, Ruth, Rebecca, Samuel, Benjamin and Timothy.

(IV) Timothy, youngest child of Samuel and
Elizabeth (Wheeler) Fletcher, was born August

• 28, 1704, in Concord, where he lived and died.
His wife's name was Elizabeth, and their children
were : Elizabeth,- Timothy, Sarah, James, Joseph,
Benjamin, Ephraim and Lydia (twins), Joel and
Samuel. (Mention of Ephraim and descendants
appears in this article).

(V) James, third son and fifth child of Timothy
and Elizabeth Fletcher, was born in Concord, Sep-
temi;er 23, 1734 He served in the Nova Scotia
expedition as a member of Captain Osgood's com-
pany, and after his return settled in Chesterfield,
New Hampshire. He married and was the father
of four children : Ebenezer, Hannah, Joel and

(VI) Abel, youngest son and child of James

Fletcher, settle] in Chesterfield. He married Phebe
Flildrcth, January 18, 1774, and was the father of
Samuel, Levi, Silas, Daniel, Luna, Joel, Alpheus,
Phebe, David Stoddard and Arad Hunt, the two
younger being twins.

(VII) Arad Hunt, youngest son ^ind child of
Abel and Phebe (Hildrelh) Fletcher, was born
August I, 1800. He was a lifelong resident of
Chesterfield. His wife, whose christian name was
Bethania Darling, bore him four children : Arad,
who will be referred to presently; Rodney, born
December 8, 1825; Henry, October 3, 1826, and
EU-jira, October 13, 1828.

(VIII) Arad, eldest son and child of Arad H.
and Bethania (Darling) Fletcher, was born in
Chcilerfield, May 20, 1823. In early manhood
he owned and cultivated a farm located about a
half mile west of Chesterfield on the road to Win-
chester, and he was also employed in Benjamin
Peirce's bit manufactory. For sixteen years he
acted as superintendent of the Cheshire County
Farm in Westmoreland, and he subsequently re-
moved to Keene, residing there for the remainder
of liis life, which terminated July, 1894. While
residing in Chesterfield he served as a selectman
for the years 1849-56-59; was a member of the
lower branch of the state legislature in 1859-60, and
in 1890 was chosen a county commissioner for three
years. He married Martha Snow Hall, and reared
two sons : Frank A. and Edward Henry.

(IX) Edward Henry, youngest son of Arad and
Martha S. (Hall) Fletcher, was born in Chester-
field, September 9, 1851. His early education was
acquired in the public schools of Chesterfield and
Westmoreland, and he completed his studies at the
Brattleboro (Vermont) high school. He was em-
ployed at the Cheshire County Farm as assistant
superintendent, and when his father withdrew from
its management he accompanied him to Keene,
where they purchased jointly the old Griffith farm.
He has ever since devoted his principal attention
to general farming, and is meeting with success.
He has served with ability as a selectman, and for
the past ten years has been overseer of the poor.
His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent
Older of Odd Fellows. He attends the Unitarian
Church. Mr. Fletcher was one of the original
stockholders and a director of the Citizens' Electric
Company of Keene, and a member of the board of
trustees of Keene Savings Bank.

On April 4, 1876, Mr. Fletcher married Alice
Buft'um, who was born in Westmoreland, October
17. 1855, daughter of Jewett E. and Clarissa E.
(Chickering) Buffum. Mrs. Fletcher is a descend-
ant in the sixth generation of Robert Buffum,
who emigrated from Yorkshire, England, to
Salem, Massachusetts, in or prior to 1638,
and died there in 1679, leaving seven chil-
dren. Robert, born in Salem in 1650, and died
in 1731, married Hannah Pope. Benjamin, son of
Caleb, was born in 1686. The maiden surname of
his mother was Buxton. Joseph, son of Benjamin,
was born in 1717, and resided in Smithfield, Rhode
Island. He died in 1796. His wife was before
marriage Margaret Osborne. Joseph Buffum, son
of Joseph and Margaret, was born in Smithfield in
1754. In 1784 he went to Westmoreland, New
Hampshire, settling upon a farm in the southern
part of the town, and his death occurred in 1829.
He married Sally Haskell, daughter of Elias Has-
kell, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, and reared seven
sons, all of whom, according to information at
hand, "were strong mentally as well as physically."



They were Joseph, a graduate of Dartmouth Col-
lege, a lawyer by profession, members of congress
and at one time postmaster in Keene. Jewett, who
married Fanny Atherton, of Chesterlield, and
settled in Boston. Erasmus, who will again be
referred to. William, who married Mary Ann Gor-
don, of Sterling, Connecticut, and settled in Wal-
pole. New Hampshire. Haskell, who married Sa-
lome Wood, daughter of Jonathan Wood. Solon,
who died at the age of sixty-nine years. Colonel
David Buffum, who married Mary Bellows,
daughter of Hon. Thomas Bellows. Erasmus Buf-
fum, son of Joseph and Sally (Haskell) Buffum,
was a lifelong resident of Westmoreland and died
in 1872. He married Hepsy, daughter of Daniel
Thayer, a revolutionary soldier, and was the father
of eight children, six of whom grew to maturity:
Solon, Sarah,' James, Jewett E., Mary and Alba.
Solon married Adaline Daul, of New York City.
Sarah died at the age of twenty-four years. James,
who died in Westmoreland in 1887, married Louisa
Howe. Mary became the wife of Lemuel Ingalls.
Alba died in New York City. Jewett E. Buffum,
son of Erasmus and Hepsy (Thayer) Buffum,
was born in Westmoreland, July 5, 1822. He was
a prosperous farmer and a prominent resident of
Westmoreland, taking an active interest in public
affairs, and in addition to serving as a selectman
he acted as justice of the peace. In politics he
was a Democrat. During the Civil war he was a
recruiting officer. He married Clari^ssa E. Chick-
ering, daughter of Elbridge and Betsey (Gleason)
Chickering, and grand-daughter of Timothy
Chickering, who went from Massachusetts to West-
moreland. The children of Timothy Chickering
were : Luther, Rhoda, Lavinia Thankful, Alvin,
Elbridge and Samuel. Elbridge Chickering mar-
ried Betsey Gleason, daughter of Benjamin Gleason.
She became the mother of Caroline, Clarissa E.,
Ransom, Holland, Elbridge and Shubael. The
children of Jewett E. and Clarissa E. (Chickering)
Buffum are: Solon E., E. Clayton, J. Colburn, H.
Clement, Alice Clara and James Alba. N. B. Trip-
lets were born to them once and twins once.

Alice Clara Buffum, sixth child and eldest
daughter of Jewett E. and Clarissa E. (Chickering)
Buffum, married Edward H. Fletcher. (see
Fletcher IX). One child born to Mr. and Mrs.
Edward H. Fletcher, Edith Martha Fletcher, born
March 26, 1878.

(V) Ephraim, sixth son and eighth child of
Timothy and Elizabeth Fletcher, was born February
S, 1740, in Concord, and died January i, 1836, in
Newport, New Hampshire. He was a soldier in
the Patriot army during the revolutionary war,
the records showing service as private in the Alarm
of April 19, 1775, and in Captain Caleb Whitney's
company in 1778. He lived for a time in Sturbridge,
Massachusetts whence he removed to Newport.
New Hampshire, with three sons, Joel, Ephraim
and Timothy. He married Sarah Davenport, (a
descendant of the historic Captain Richard Daven-
port, of colonial fame), who was born in 1740, and
died November 4, 1806. Their children were:
Sarah, Ephraim, Amos, Polly, Lydia, Timothy,
Anna, Joel and Benjamin. ( Timothy _ and_ de-
scendants receive further mention in this article).
(VI) Ephraim (2), eldest son and second child
of Ephraim (i) and Sarah (Davenport) Fletcher,
was born November 23, 1767, in Sturbridge, Massa-
chusetts, and settled on the west slope of Oak
Hill, in Newport, New Hampshire, his farm border-
ing on Sugar river, where he died April 27, 1854.
He married, February 20, 1794 Jael Mores, born

March 22, 1775, died January 3, 1862, in Newport.
Their children were ; Oliver, Orpha, Quartus, Wil-
liam, Mahala, *Polly. Electa^ Beulali T., Austin and
Lyman. The eldest daughter was three times mar-
ried, her last husband being Parmenus Whitcomb.
At her death she bequeathed several thousand dol-

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