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lars to the Baptist Church of Newport, which very
materially aided in the construction of its present
beautiful house of worship.

(VII) Quartus, second son and third child of
Ephraim (2) and Jael (Mores) P'letcher, was born
April 22, 1799, in Newport. Early in life he settled
in Cornish, southeast corner of the town, in the
neighborhood of Hemp Yard, where he spent his
entire life in agriculture. He died April 27, 1874.
He married, January 16, 1844, Charlotte Hillard, of
Cornish, who survived him and resides with a
daughter in Newport. Their children were :
Henry L., Luella E., Emma F., and Jael M. The
eldest daughter is the wife of Charles M. Emerson,
of Newport. (See Emerson, VIII).

(VI) Timothy, third son and sixth child of
Ephraim (i) and Sarah (Davenport) Fletcher, was
born July 14, 1778, in Grafton, Massachusetts,
accompanied his father to Newport, New Hamp-
shire, as above mentioned, and always resided in
that town, where he died October 3, 1863, aged
eighty-five years. ^ He married, March 27, 1803, Lois
Metcalf, born in Franklin, Massachusetts, August
28, 1779, and died April 11, 1878, aged ninety-eight
years and seven months. Their children were:
Laura F., Aurilla, Samuel M., Cyrus Kingsbury,
Nancy, Stillman T. and Benjamin F.

(VII) Aurilla, second daughter and child of
Timothy and Lois (Metcalf) Fletcher, was born
November 3, 1807, and died June 6, 1862. She mar-
ried, May 10, 1831, Deacon Austin Kibbey, of New-
port. Their children were: William B., Oren C,
Lois and Sarah A.

(VIII) William B. Kibbey, who resides in Croy-
den, married January 11, 1856, Martha Wheeler,,
of Newport, New Hampshire. She died December
10, 1893, leaving six children: Nellie Aurilla, born
in 1857. Leila S., born November 10, i8S9- Charles-
Ellsworth, November 6. 1861. Sarah Frances,
born July 11, 1864. Hattie Alice, born March 17,
1870. Fred Burt, born June 17, 1876. Oren C.
Kibbey married Lucy Melinda Metcalf, March
16, 1858. Their children are: Milan Austin, born
August 8, 1859. Anna Marilla, born June 2, 1861.
Herman H., born March 3, 1864. Alma Aurilla,
born August 12, 1872. Arthur H., born March 4,

1874; died July 31, 1905- , , , . , , -u r

(VIII) Lois, elder daughter and third child of
Austin and Aurilla (Fletcher) Kibbey, was_ born
July 3, 1837, in Newport, and became the wife of
Dr. Leonard E. Richardson of that town, whom she
survives. (See Richardson, second family, VIII).

The family of this cognomen of
FLETCHER which George W. Fletcher is a

member, is one of the ancient
families of New Hampshire, and has produced
manv prominent citizens of the state. George W.
Fletcher, grandson of John and Betsy Fletcher,
child of Josiah S. and Louisa P. Fletcher, was born
in London, April 7. 1852. He grew up a farmer
boy, attended the common schools until he was
prepared to go to a higher school, and then attended
Tilton Seminary several terms. At twenty years
of age he became a clerk in Concord, where he re-
mained some two years. Then returning home, he
soon after engaged in farming interests in Canter-
burv. In 1882 he bought what was known as the






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Kezer farm in Canterbury, where he settled and
has since been engaged in general farming, and in
providing in summer time, a pleasant resort for
about tw-enty-five persons seeking rest and recrea-
tion. Mr. Fletcher is a well informed citizen and
alive to all matters affecting the welfare of the
schools, churches, agricultural affairs, and general
welfare of the people of the community in which he
resides. He was a member of the First Free Bap-
tist Church, serving as deacon and clerk while he
remained in town. He is a member of the
board of trustees of Kezer Seminary, Canter-
bury. In political faith he is a Republican, and has
been selectman four years, during one year of which
time he Was chairman of the board. He married,
in Newport, December 21, 1882, Hattie C. Colby,
who was born in Grantham, August 27, 1858, daugh-
ter of Hiram and Florenda Colby. They have one
child, Harold G., born August 10, 1899.

In March, 1907, Mr. Fletcher sold his farm and
moved to Concord. He and his family have united
with the Curtis Memorial Freewill Baptist Church.
He now holds a position with the Page Belting
Company as foreman of the assorting department,
with residence at 65 South street.

The origin of this name, which is now
FROST quite common both in England and

America, must in all probability, like
many other English family names, remain buried
in remote antiquity. It was transplanted in New
England early in the colonial period, and one of
the original settlers in York county, Maine, bore
the name of Frost. The particular family about
to be considered, although of English origin, is not
however, descended from the ancient Frosts, as it
acquired the name by adoption.

(I) Early in the last century a young man by
the name of William Drakeford left his home in
England, and crossing the ocean settled in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. For reasons known only to himself
he changed his name to Frost. It is thought that
in early life he was a mariner, but his later years
were devoted to farming, and he died in Halifax
some forty-five years ago. The maiden surname of
his wife whom he married in Halifax and who is
supposed to have come from the south, was Pelham.
Her death occurred in Halifax some twenty years
subsequent to that of her husband, and she was
buried beside him in what is known as the South
East Passage that city. ' They were the parents of
ten children, namely : John Lewis, Joseph, Ann,
Hannah, Barbara, Louisa, Eliza, Catherine, Sarah
and Elizabeth. (N. B. Apparently these children
are not given in the order of their birth). Joseph,
who was accidentally drowned some forty years
ago, left one son. ,Some of the daughters are still
riving in Halifax, and one of them is nearly ninety
j-ears old.

(II) John Lewis, son of John William Frost,
was born in Nova Scotia, January 15, 1829. As a
young man he was a fisherman, but after his mar-
riage he turned his attention to farming, and about
1868 he came to the United States, settling in South
Natick, Massachusetts, where he remained two or
three years. Returning to the maritime provinces
he resided in St. John, New Brunswick, for a period
of three years, at the expiration of which time he
once more' sought a home in the states. He re-
sided for intervals in Shirley, Townsend, Pepper-
ell and Gloucester. Massachusetts, and returning
from the latter city to Pepperell, he died there Jan-
uary 3, 1906. He married Mary Ann Winters, born
in Halifax in 1836, daughter of William Thomas

and Susan (Pcngilly) Winters, the former of whom
was a native of that city, and his wife came from
Devonshire, England. John L. and Mary Ann
(Winters) Frost, were the parents of nine children:
Jane, Barbara, John (who died young), Charles W.,
Stephen Alexander, John L.. Mary, Annie, and
another Mary. The three last named died in early
childhood. Jane became the wife of John W. Bartz,
of Pepperell, Massachusetts. Barbara, who is no
longer living, was the wife of James Stackhouse,
of St. John, New Brunswick. Charles W. married
Florence Cook, and settled in Fremont, New Hamp-
shire. John L. also resides in Fremont. He mar-
ried Cora Smith, of Salem, New Hampshire. The
mother of these children died in 1880.

(Ill) Stephen Alexander, third son and fifth
child of John L. and Mary Ann (Winters) Frost,
was born in Halifax, January 15, 1862. His educa-
tion was acquired in the public schools of South
Natick and Shirley Village, Massachusetts. He be-
gan the activities of life in the leather board mill
of Messrs. Hill and Cutler at Shirley, but subse-
quently went to Tow-nsend Harbor, where he en-
tered the employ of Jonas Spaulding (now de-
ceased), a leather board maker and cooperage man-
ufacturer, and with the latter he came to Fremont.
Six years later he and Mr. Spaulding became asso-
ciated in the cooperage business at Gloucester, Mas-
sachusetts, under the firm name of Spaulding,
Frost & Company, and selling out the plant in that
city in 1899 he returned to Fremont, where he or-
ganized and incorporated the Spaulding & Frost
Company, of which he is secretary, treasurer and
general manager. This concern manufactures
white pine cooperage of a superior quality, which
is used by packers of fish, pickles and other pro-
visions, and transacts a business aggregating in
value about two hundred thousand dollars annually.
They also manufacture lumber and employ an av-
erage foi-ce of one hundred and fifty workmen.
Their plant is the largest in the state, and covers
an area of twelve acres.

In politics Mr. Frost acts independently, and
while not an aspirant for public office he has served
as town auditor and as a member of the school
board. He belongs to Ocean Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of Gloucester, Alfaretta
Lodge, Daughters of Rebekah, of Raymond, and
Fremont Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. Mr.
Frost is highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen
both as an al)le business man and public-spirited
citizen. In his religious belief he is a LIniversalist.
June 13, 1885, he married Catherine G. Fertig, who
w-as born in Cleveland, Ohio, January 10, 1862,
daughter of John and Christina (Lederer) Fertig.
Mr. and Mrs. Frost have had four children, namely:
Agnes Mary, who died in March, 1892 ; Lillian
Emma, a graduate of Comer's Commercial College,
Boston ; Lizzie J., and Marion, who died in 1894.
Mrs. Frost is a woman of broad intelligence, and
a member of the Daughters of Rebekah, and the
Grange, and various church societies, and takes
an active part in all the affairs of these bodies.

The Newton family, which is one
NEWTON the most numerous in New England,

is of English origin and was
founded in America early in the colonial period.
The Goffstown Newton s went there from Worces-
ter county, Massachusetts.

(I) Richard Newton, the inmiigrant ancestor
of the family, arrived in Massachusetts prior to
1645, in which year he was admitted a freeman,
and he resided for several years in Sudbury. In



company with John How and others he petitioned
for the settlement of Marlborough, the incorpora-
tion of which they secured in 1666, and removing
thither he located in that part of the town . which
was afterwards set off as Southborough. He lived
to be nearly one hundred years old, and his death
occurred about August 24, 1701. The christian
name of his wife was either Anna or Hannah.
These names were frequently bungled in many of
our early town records, through the carelessness
or ignorance of some one, perhaps the town clerks.
She became the mother of six children, and her
death occurred December 5, 1697.

(H) Moses, son of Richard Newton, was born
in 1646, and resided in Marlborough. October 27,
1668, he married Joanna Larkin, who died Decem-
ber 25, 1713, and on April 14, 1714, he married for
his second wife Sarah Joslin. She died Novembef
4, 1723. _ Moses was the father of eleven children.
He _ distinguished himself in defending the town
against the savages during King Philip's war, and
in relation to this incident the Rev. Asa Packard
wrote the following account: "The Sabbath when
Mr. Brimsmead was in sermon (March 20, 1676),
the worshipping was suddenly dispersed by the
outcry of 'Indians at the door.' The confusion of the
first moment was instantly increased by a fire from
the enemy; but the God whom they were worship-
ping shielded their lives and limbs, excepting the
arm of one Moses Newton, who was carrying an
elderly and infirm woman to a place of safety. In
a few moments they were sheltered in their fort,
with the mutual feelings ' peculiar to such a scene.
Their meetinghouse, and many dwelling houses
left without protection, were burnt. Fruit-trees
pilled and hacked, and other valuable effects ren-
dered useless perpetuated the barbaritv of the sav-
ages many years after the inhabitants returned. The
enemy retired soon after their first onset, declin-
ing to risk the enterprise and martial prowess of
the young plantation."

(III) James, son of Moses and Joanna (Larkin)
Newton, was born in Marlborough, January 15,
1683. In 1727. when Marlborough was divided, his
property was included within the limits of South-
iTOrough. and he died in that town November 29,
1762. He was first married, October 5, 1709, to
Mary Joslin, who died May 27, of the following
year, and his second wife, whom he married Sep-
tember 8, 1712, was Rachel Greeley.

(IV) Andrew son of James and Rachel (Gree-
ley) Newton, was born in Marlborough August 27,
1713- He settled in the western part of Framing-
ham on the shore of the Hopkinton river, where
he operated a forge and a grist-mill for many years
or until succeeded by his son. He married Mehit-
able Bellows, and was the father of Mehitable, An-
drew and James.

(V) Andrew (2), son of Andrew (i) and Me-
hitable (Bellows) Newton, was born in Framing-
ham, October 23, 1748. He succeeded his father
as the blacksmith and miller of that section, and
p.articipated in the exciting scenes common in the
villages and hamlets during the Revolutionary war.
He married Sarah Marret, daughter of Williani
and Sarah (How) Marret, of Hopkinton and Fram-
ingham. The Newtons were connected with the
colonial militia just prior to the war for independ-
ence, and some of them were afterwards enrolled
in the Continental army. A roster at hand of the
Southborough company belonging to Colonel Ar-
temas Ward's regiment in 1774 contains the names
of Isaac. David. Luke, "Sirus," Eben, Jabez, Ash-
ael and another Isaac Newton.

(VI) William, son of Andrew (2) and Sarah
(Marret) Newton, was born in Framingham in
1773. He settled in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,
where he followed the shoemaker's trade in con-
nection with farming and he died in 1850. He mar-
ried Abigail Newton, perhaps a distant relative,
who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, March
4. ^779, daughter of Benjamin Newton, and reared
a large family. Those of his children whose names
are at hand are: Thankful, Elizabeth, William,
George, Charles, Sarah and Daniel.

(VII) Daniel, son of William and Abigail New-
ton, was born in Shrewsbury. He resided for a
time in Boylston Massachusetts, going from there,
to Framingham, in 1855, as manager^ of -the town'
farm, and he subsequently purchased a piece of
agricultural property, which he devoted chiefly to
the dairying industry. He was also engaged in the
lumber business for many years, and attained a
comfortable prosperity. In politics he supported
the Democratic party and was quite active in civic
affairs. He died in Framingham in July, 1898. On
April 6, 1837, he married Martha Goddard, who
was born in Framingham May 22, 1817, daughter
of Captain Nathan and Polly (Bacon) Goddard,
and granddaughter of Nathan Goddard. Esq., a
well-known lawyer of Shrewsbury, and Framing-
ham in his day. Martha died in August, 1892. She
became the mother of five children, namely: Mary
B., born in 1840, married Christopher Hunt. Na-
than G., who will be again referred to. Lorenzo,
born in 1845 (died in 1873). Solomon G. and an-
other child, both of whom died in infancy. The
parents were members of the Baptist Church.

(VIII) Nathan Goddard, second child and eld-
est son of Daniel and Martha (Goddard) Newton,
was born in Boylston August 6. 1843. From the
Framingham high school he entered the Frost
Academy, which he left in 1862 to enlist as a pri-
vate in Company F, Forty-fifth Regiment, Massa-
chusetts Volunteers, for nine months' service in
the civil war. He participated in the battles of
White Hall, Kingston, Goldsborough, Deep Gulch,
Cross Roads and other engagements. After his re-
turn from the army he found employment in a shoe
factory in IMarlborough, where he remained seven
years, and in 1870 he went to Manchester, New
Hampshire, where he followed the same occupation
continuously for a period of over thirty years.
Some five years ago he acquired possession of the
Colby farm (so called) in Goffstown, where he
now resides, and in addition to a profitable milk
business he is engaged quite extensively in lumber-
ing. Politically he is a Republican. In his religious
faith he is a Methodist. He is a Master Mason,
having joined that order in 1868.

On October 16, 1872, Mr. Newton was joined
in marriage with Rebecca Chase Hall, daughter of
the late Edward and Rebecca Chase (Harvey)
Hall, of Worcester, Vermont. As captain of Com-
pany E, Eighth Regiment Vermont Volunteers, her
father served under General Butler at New Orleans
during the rebellion, and was subsequently killed
in action under General Sheridan, in the Shenan-
doah Valley. Her mother died when she (Mrs.
Newton) was three days old, and she was adopted
by her uncle, Samuel Hall, of Manchester. She
completed her education at the Manchester high *
school, and prior to her marriage was a school
teacher of recognized ability. She is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs.
Newton are the parents of five children: i. Maud,
R.. born October 5, 1874, died January 4, 1878. 2.
Walter H., born March 5, 1879, married Ethel



Cooper, of Massachusetts. 3. Arthur S., born Feb-
ruary 24, 1881, married ]\Iae Patten, of Goffstown,
and their children were: Dorothy M., born 1902;
Arthur W., 1904; Vera E., January 2, 1907. 4.
N. N. Lyle, born December 20, 1884. 5- Rachel
G., born July 12, 1892.

(Second Family.)
For more than a century and a quar-
NEWTON ter the family name of Newton has
been closely associated with the his-
tory of the town of Newport and the county of
Sullivan, and in each succeeding generation from
the time of the first settler bearing that surname
there have been men of character and action in all
that has contributed to the welfare of that part of
the state. The learned professiones have claimed
some of them and others have turned to business
pursuits, but in whatever vocation in life they all
have w'rought well in building and enlarging on
tlr^ foundations laid by their ancestors during the
lo=*" quarter of the eighteenth century.

(I) Christopher Newton, founder of the family
of f-hat surname in New^port, was born in Groton,
Connecticut, February 26, 1738, and died February
19, 1834, aged almost ninety-six years. He came
to Newport about the year 1779 and with his family
settled on a farm' on the Unity road, afterward
the homestead of his son, Erastus Newton, where
he died. He was moderator of the town in 1784-
85-87-89-1800-02-09-11-14-15-20-22 and selectman in
1884-85. He married, February 26. 1766 (on his
twenty-eighth birthday), Mary Giles, of Groton,
Connecticut, born November 12, 1745, died -May
14, 1821, daughter of Benjamin Giles, of Groton
and Newport, one of the early settlers of the lat-
ter town and one of the foremost men of New
Hampshire for several years and until his death
in November, 1787.

Family tradition says that Benjamin Giles was
an Irishman by birth, and lived many years in Gro-
ton before settling in Newport. He was a man of
wealth and education, beyond most of the settlers
and soon came to be recognized as the leading man
among them. He w^as not one of the original pro-
prietors of the town, but one of its earliest settlers,
and in 1766 was voted one hundred acres of land
on condition that he build and maintain a saw mill
and a grist mill. In 1767 he was clerk of the first
regular meeting of proprietors, and was modera-
tor in 1769 and 17S1. He was a thoroughly devoted
patriot and during the Revolution was an import-
ant member of the provincial councils of the state;
and throughout almost the entire revolutionary
struggle he was a delegate to the various "provin-
cial congresses" which met to devise means for
carrying on the war and forming plans of govern-
ment. He was a member of the first constitutional
convention of the state and a member of the com-
mission appointed to settle the dispute in regard to
the boundary between the state of Massachusetts
and New Hampshire. It is said, too, that at one
time Benjamin Giles was arrested and imprisoned,
by authority of His Maje,>ty the King, for alleged
seditious acts, and that when it was evening he was
rescued by a party of patriots dressed in female
attire. In 1775-76 he was representative of the then
six classed towns of which Newport w^as one, also
a member of the state senate and at one time a
member of the governor's council. In March, 1781,
when Newport seceded from New Hampshire, he
was a delegate to the general assembly of Vermont
and attended the meeting of that body at Windsor.

Christopher and Mary (Giles) Newton had six
children, four daughters and two sons, viz : Martha,

born April 9, 1768, married Aaron Mack. Mary,
born November 29, 1770, married Lemuel Church,
a tailor. Margery, born November 2, 1772, mar-
ried Deacon Jesse Fay, of Alstead. Abigail, born
March 13, 1775, married Rev. Orlando Bliss. Eras-
tus, born April 4, 1777, died January 4. 1852 ; lived
on the old homestead; was major of militia; mar-
ried, November 22, 1801, Betsey Beckwith and had
six children. Hubbard, born January i, 1780.

(II) Hubbard, youngest child and son of Chris-
topher and Mary (Giles) Newton, was born in the
town of Newport, New Hampshire, January i, 17S0.
His early life was spent on his father's farm, and
in later years while occupied with the practice of
law he found recreation and material profit in the
personal management of his own farm. After a
thorough preparatory education he entered Dart-
mouth College and was graduated wnth honors in
the class of 1804. Having finished his college
course he turned attention to the study of law in
the office of Samuel Bell, Esq., of Francestown,
and in 1806 was admitted to practice and began his
professional career in Newport. Later on he prac-
ticed five years at Amherst and still later for two
years was law partner with his son, William F.
Newton, at Claremont. At the end of that time
he returned to Newport and afterward devoted
attention to his law practice, literary pursuits, ed-
itorial work and the care of his farm. In politics
Mr. Newton was a Whig of undoubted quality,
and in 1830-31 with voice and pen ably championed
the cause of Henry Clay and vigorously opposed
Andrew Jackson and the Democratic party, whose
candidate he was for the presidency. During these
years Mr. Newton was editor of the Fanners' Ad-
vocate and Political Adventurer, a weekly news-
paper published at Newport by his son, Charles H.
E. Newton, who was a practical printer; and in

1832. at the close of the presidential campaign of
that year, he assumed edit')rial supervision of the
Northern Farmer and Horticulmrist, a journal de-
voted to farming interests and horticulture, and
with which he was connected imtil some time in

1833. Besides his editorial labors, Mr. Newton
wrote several lectures on various subjects and left
on record several interesting poems. Himself a
well educated man, he took an earnest interest in
the cause of education and was one of the founders
and a trustee of Newport Academy, member of the
school committee, and also one of the first ad-
vocates of temperance on the foundation of total
abstinence, delivering many addresses on that sub-
ject in Newport and the towns adjoining. He was
moderator of Newport seven years and represented
the town in 1814-15.

Hubbard Newton married Novemlier 25, 1802,
Abigail Lyon, born July 4, 1779, died January 21.
1843. Her father, David Lybn, born at Stoughton,
Massachusetts, April 11, 1739, settled in Newport
in 1790 and kept a store and tavern on the Unity
road. He married, in 1777, Abigail Belcher, who
bore him two children, Abigail and David. Hub-
bard and Abigail (Lyon) Newton had eight chil-
dren, viz : Henrietta M.. born April 7, 1806, died
September 30, 1876; a woman of education and re-
finement. Charles H. E., born April 10, 1808, a
printer, publisher of the Farmers' Advocate and
Political Adventurer and the Northern Farmer
and Horticulturist, both edited by his father; went
from Newport to Mobile, Alabama, w^here he fol-
lowed his occupation : removed thence to Califor-
nia, entered the ministery and became a presiding
elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ore-
gon. James H., born August 12, iSrr, died in



Michigan, Januaiy 2, 1S47; prepared for college
at Newport Academy, and was a teacher by profes-

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