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sion. Mary G., born November 14, 1813, died April
12, 1868. Catherine M., born December 5, 1816,
died June 25, 1825. William F., born November 23,
1818, a member of the Sullivan county bar since
1843, but now retired from active practice; married,
March 23, 1876, Julia, daughter of Dr. David Mc-
Queston, of Washington, New Hampshire. Adelia
M., born February i, 1821. Arthur W., born May
10, 1823, died May 16, 1824.

(Ill J William F., sixth child and third son of
Hubbard and Abigail (Lyon) Newton, was born at
Newport. November 22, 1818, and has passed al-
most his entire life in Sullivan county. In early
youth he learned the trade of printing and after-
ward worked at it for a few years. He then took
up the study of law in the office and under the
direction of his father, and in 1843 was admitted
to practice. The scene of his professional life was
laid in Sullivan county, where he practiced with
gratifying success more than fifty years and where
for many years he held the office of clerk of courts,
besides having frequently been chosen to other posi-
tions of trust and honor. In connection with pro-
fessional work he also engaged in farming and was
one of the earliest growers of strawberries on an
extensive scale in his county. During recent years,
however, Mr. Newton has retired from the genera]
practice of law and also on account of advanced
age has laid aside the cares and responsibilities of
public office. He is numbered among the oldest
members of the legal profession in New Hampshire,
and for maii) years has enjoyed an extended ac-
quaintance throughotit the state.

This family traces its historv
CHAMBERLAIN back to an ancestor who set-
tled in the primeval forest of
Massachusetts when the oldest settlement in that
colony was only twenty-one years old. The self-
reliant and energetic spirit of this ancestor is still
strong in the Chamberlains of the present time.

(I) Richard Chamberlain was of Branitree,
Massachusetts, in 1642, and removed to Roxbury
where he was baptized, June 4, 1665, with others,
Benjamin and Joseph, who both settled in Sud-
bury. The records show that Richard Chamberlain
owned a house and half an acre of land in Rox-
bury, next to Rev. John Eliot, "The Apostle to the
Indians." He died in 1673 and his will was proved
on the isth of April of that year. He left sons,
Benjamin and Joseph, and some daughters.

(II) Joseph, son of Richard Chamberlain, born
in Roxbury, removed to Oxford with his brother
Benjamin and the other settlers in 1713, Joseph
then being about sixty-eight years old. He chose
his home lot on Bondat Hill, including the "great
house," H. 38. In 1712 he sold sixty acres of land,
a dwelling house, orchard, and so on, with "all his
rights of land or commonages in the town of Sud-
bury." He was a member of the first board of
selectmen, and was a soldier in the Narragansett
war. On February 22, 1731, several of his children
conveyed to their brother Joseph of Keekamoochang,
all their rights in their father's lots laid out or to
be laid out to "Ye soldiers which were in ye fight
commonly called ye Narragansett or Swamp Fight."
His will dated March 4, 1721, names his sons Benja-
min and Simon as executors. Valuation three hun-
dred and four pounds, nineteen shillings and six
pence. He died August 8, 1721. His wife Hannah
had died previously. No record of his family has
been found. Nathaniel and Joseph are supposed to

have been among the eldest children ; Ebenezer,
Hannah, Benjamin, Simon and Rebecca were

(III) Nathaniel, "son of Joseph and Hannah
Chamberlain, was born in Sudbury, at the present
village of Wayland, in 1689, and removed to Ox-
ford in 1713. He was one of at least eight chil-
dren of his father, of whom Nathaniel, Ebenezer
and Joseph were of age and took up house lots
with the first proprietors of Sudbury. Nathaniel
took up his lot adjoining his uncle Benjamin's on
the north H. 240, which he sold in 1722. He was
a constituent member of the church. He removed
to Hatfield about 1722. He was a soldier in Father
Rasle's war and was taken prisoner. After his
return from captivity he removed to Northfield,
Massachusetts. He was a soldier in the Crown
Point expedition in 1755 and in Colonel Williams'
regiment in 1759. He died November 7, 1780,
and the church record of Northfield says "He left
a good name behind him." He married, March 31,
1714, Elizabeth, sister of Thomas Hunkins, bap-
tized February 24, 1706, at Boxford, being then
adult. Their children were : Richard, Moses, Na-
thaniel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary.

(IV) Deacon Moses, second child and son of
Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Hunkins) Chamberlain,
was born in Oxford, March 30, 1716. His history
for the first thirty-two years of his life is unknown,
but in 1748 he bought land in Litchfield, and his
name is on the book of the Congregational Church
at South Farms, in 1787. The older records have
been destroyed. Moses Chamberlain's family set-
tled in Newbury, Vermont, as early as 1772. The
names of Moses and Asher Chamberlain are on the
roll of Minute Men in 1775, and in Captain John
G. Bayley's company guarding .and scouting. Re-
membrance and Moses were in Captain Steven's
company, Moses was a private in Captain Samuel
Young's company, at Haverhill, in Redels' regi-
ment, also in a "Company raised for the defence
of the frontier." He was second lieutenant from
June I, 1778, for one hundred and thirty-eight days,
and first lieutenant from December i, 1778, one hun-
dred and twenty-one days. Moses was_ sergeant
major in Young's company in Bedels' regiment "A
company raised for the Expedition against Canada."
It is understood that both Deacon Moses and his
son Moses served in the war, but which of the fore-
going records of service was that of the father and
which that of the son cannot now be distinguished.
]\Ioses and his wife were members of the Congre-
gational Church, but his title of deacon was held
by him before he went to Newbury. He died June
25, 1796. He married Jemima, daughter of Re-
membrance and Elizabeth Wright, who is believed
to have been a sister to the wife of Richard
Chamberlain. She died July 30, 1801. The chil-
dren of this marriage were : Susanna, Azubah,
Jemima, Lydia, Remembrance, Moses, Asher and

(V) Colonel Remembrance, fifth child and eld-
est son of Moses and Jemima (Wright) Chamber-
lain, was born December 19, 1747. He owned the
farm long known as the Chamberlain farm, north
of Bedel's bridge, where he kept a tavern many
years. This farm remained in the family three
generations. The first record of this branch of the
Chamberlain family is the conveyance, November
20, 1772, by Jacob Bayley to Remembrance Cham-
berlain of Lot No. 2, in Sleeper's Meadow, with
the house lot belonging to it, one fifty-acre, and
two one-hundred-acre lots. He served in the Revo-
lutionary war in several campaigns, among them


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being a service of nineteen days between May,
1779, and May, 1781, in Captain Steven's company ;
in Captain Frye Bayley's company, in 1781-82, guard-
ing and scouting. He was made first lieutenant by
Governor Chittenden, and the original commission
is still owned by a descendant. He was made suc-
cessively, captain, major, and colonel in the militia.
In town he was prominent, holding offices, and
was a substantial citizen. He and his wife were
probably members of the church, joining it before
the present records began. He was very par-
ticular to keep the Sabbath, and brought up his
family in strict Puritan principles. He was a
kind and_ generous man. He married Elizabeth
Elliott, widow of Haynes Johnson, and daughter of
Edmund and Mehitable (Worthen) Elliott, de-
scendants of Amesbury (Massachusetts) families.
After the death of Mr. Johnson she returned to
Chester, for fear of Indians and Tories, but came
back to Newbury, bringing her three children with
her on a horse, fording streams and sometimes
compelled to lodge in the woods. She was born in
Chester in 1751, and died February 8, 1829. The
children of Colonel Remembrance and Elizabeth
(Elliott) Chamberlain were: Moses, Azubah, Eliza-
beth, Mehitable, Remembrance (i). Moody, Re-
membrance (2) and Olive.

(VI) Moses, eldest child of Colonel Remem-
brance and Elizabeth (Elliott) Chamberlain, was
born in Newbury, November 25, 1777. He was a
farmer at Bradford, on the upper plain, where he
bought out his Uncle Moses. He married (first)
Martha Child, daughter of Cephas and Martha Child,
of Woodstock, Connecticut, and West Fairlee. She
died in 1839, and he married (second) Mrs. Jemima
Peckett. He died November, 1854, and she married
(third) a Mr. Morris, of Bradford. The children,
all of the first marriage, were: John Elliott, Cephas
Child, Martha E.. Mary C, Moses Remembrance,
Elizabeth, Benjamin F., Elizabeth E., Amanda N.
and Azubah A.

(VII) John Elliott, eldest child of Moses and
Martha (Child) Chamberlain, was born in Brad-
ford, November 4, 1806, and died October 7, 1886.
His education was academical. He was a farmer in
South Newbury and held most of the town offices.
In 1843 he \yas a member of the constitutional con-
vention. Being a shrewd man of good judgment and
executive ability he improved the opportunity to
engage in railroad construction, and with Robert
Morse built the White Mountain railroad from
Woodville to Littleton, and later with Joseph A.
Dodge built the Boston, Concord & Montreal rail-
road extension from Littleton to the Fabyan House.
He was also interested in other enterprises. He
married, March. 183 1, Laufa, daughter of Israel
Willard, of Bradford. She was born February 5,
1807, died May 16, 1864. They had six children:
George Willard, Horace Elliott. Remembrance
Wright, Leona Eveline, Ella Amanda and Charles

(VIII) Horace Elliott Chamberlain, son of John
Elliott and Laura (Williard) Chamberlain, was born
at_ Newbury, Vermont, November 30. 1834. His
primary education was obtained in the public schools.
from which he went to the academy at Bradford and
Newbury Seminary, where he attended for a con-
siderable time. Having a natural inclination for a
business life he entered the railway service in
1856. and was station agent at Littleton, New
Hampshire, about seven years. He was then made
general agent for the Rutland railroad at Burling-
ton, Vermont, filling that place for a year. The
following six years he was general freight agent

for the same road. In 1871 he was made superin-
tendent of the Concord railroad, and discharged
the duties of that place for nearly twenty years,
finally resigning when it went into other hands.
A year later he became superintendent of the Con-
cord division of the Boston & Alaine railroad and
retired in 1900, after serving that road nine years.
Since he left the service of the Boston & Maine,
Mr. Chamberlin has lived retired, residing in a
beautiful mansion on Pleasant street, Concord. He
is an independent gold standard Democrat. His
life has been too much occupied with business to
leave any time for office holding, had he so desired.
He is a member of the Unitarian Church of Concord,
which he joined in 1886. In i860 he became a mem-
ber of Burns Lodge, No. 66, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, of Littleton, of which he is now
a past master. He has also taken the York Rites
to and including the Knights Templar degrees, and
the Scottish Rites to and including the thirty-second

He married, March 31, 1880, at Laconia, New
Hampshire, Nellie M. Putnam, daughter of Perley
Putnam, proprietor and manager of the Laconia
Car Works, and his wife Ellen M. (Goulding)
Putnam, the latter the daughter of an English sea
captain. Her mother was Mary (Elvord) Gould-
ing, a native of Ireland. Nellie M. Putnam re-
ceived an academic education, and in early life
joined the Unitarian Church. There are no chil-
dren of this marriage. Horace E. Chamberlin, born
a farmer boy and educated in the less pretentious
of our school institutions, had inherited from a
respected line of ancestors, strong in body and
mind the elements necessary to success. He selected
his tasks, put all the energies of his nature into
the performance of them, and today after more than
half a century of hard work looks back with satis-
faction over a long and useful life.

It is claimed that the family
CHAMBERLAIN is of French descent and that

one Jean or John de Tanker-
ville, a Frenchman, became chamberlain to the
King of England, which constituted the origin of
the surname of Chamberlain. It is also stated that
John Chamberlain, son of the above-mentioned John,
emigrated to New England and settled in Boston.
These stories, however, are but family traditions,
and should be treated accordingly. There were
several early emigrants of this name. Henry Cham-
berlain, who came in the "Diligent" in 1638, and
settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, and William
Chamberlain, who appears in the Woburn records
in 1648, and removed to Billerica, Massachusetts, in
1653, are supposed to have been kinsmen. Thomas
Chamberlain was made a freeman at Woburn, May
29, 1644, and resided there until 1655. The christian
name of his wife was Mary and his children were :
Thomas, presumably born in England ; and Samuel,
born at Woburn in 1645. (Ill) Thomas Chamber-
lain, probably a son of (II) Samuel, married Abigail
Hiklreth (or Hildrick), of Chelmsford, and had
sons John and Samuel. Abigail survived her hus-
band and was married a second time to a Hammond,
of what is now Swanzey, New Hampshire. Her
sons John and Samuel Chamberlain are believed
to have settled in Swanzey, although the avail-
able records of that town fail to mention them.

(I) Elisha Chamberlain, of Fitchburg, Massa-
chusetts, held several town offices there between
the years 1795 and 1801, including those of select-
man and highway surveyor, and was also a member
of the school committee. He died in Keene. New



Hampshire, June 11, 1840, in his seventy-eighth year,
and Susannah, his widow, died in Swanzey, New
Hampshire, May 16, 1846, aged eighty years.

(II) John, son of Elisha and Susannah Cham-
berlain, was born in Fitchburg, September 10, 1795.
In early life he was in the employ of jNIartin New-
ton, an extensive lumber manufacturer of Fitchburg
in his day, and he later engaged in the same busi-
ness for himself at Swanzey, also operating a grist
mill. In 1850 he retired from business and pur-
chasing a residence at Middletown (Swanzey) re-
sided there for some years. His death occurred in
Swanzey, August 28 or 29, 1870. He married (first),
March 18, 1820, Nancy Stone, born May 8, 1798,
died June 11, 1822; married (second), September
25, 1822, Olive H. Wyman, born March 18, 1792,
died April 14, 1826; married (third), late in the year
1826, Sylvia Perry, born September 14, 1797, died
October 28, 1852; married (fourth), February 7,
1854, Harriet Ware, daughter of Jacob Ware, of
Winchester, this state. His first wife bore him one
daughter, Nancy S., born October 2, 1820, married
Franklin Holman, died October 22, 1845. The chil-
dren of his second union are Martha W., born July
7, 1823, married a Mr. Austin, of Newton, Massachu-
setts; and William B., born April 9, 1826, died April
IS, of the same year. Those of his third marriage
are : Olive H., born September 9, 1827, became the
wife of Albert N. Chase, of Worcester, Massachu-
setts; John E., born November 29, 1830, died Au-
gust 19, 1849; Sylvia, born March 11, 1832, died in
infancy; William P., who will be again referred to;
Sylvia A., born October 5, 1835, married (first)
Rev. Albert E. Briggs, (second) Otis B. Wheeler,
of Whitingham, Vermont; Sarah J., born Septem-
ber s, 1837, married Rev. Pearl P. Briggs, a brother
of above named minister; and Edmund H., born
October 18, 1840. His fourth wife became the
mother of three children : Flora E., born January
9, 1855, married George F. Newell; Herbert R.,
born December 28, 1856; and John S., born in Janu-
ary, 1864.

(Ill) William Perry, second son and fourth child
of John and Sylvia (Perry) Chamberlain, was born
in Swanzey July 2, 1833. He attended the public
schools of Swanzey and Keene, and concluded his
studies at the Keene Academy. His first employ-
ment was in a tailoring establishment at Keene, but
the possession of a melodious tenor voice and a
decided taste and capacity for a musical career,
shortly afterwards led him into the concert field.
The appearance in 1850 of Jennie Lind, who was
the_ first great European cantatrice to visit the
United States, was not only a most important event
in the musical life of the Republic but served to
stimulate our native singers and instrumentalists
to higher artistic aspirations as well, and also in-
spired the general public to encourage and patronize
native talent. Among the most prominent Ameri-
can artists of that day was Ossian E. Dodge, an
excellent musician and a composer of merit. Mr.
Dodge _organiz.ed a company of singers and instru-
mentalists which was known as the Ossian Bards,
and while this troup was touring New England in
1853, I\Ir. Chamberlain was induced much to his
gratification to become its first tenor. While with
the Bards, which visited the principal cities of the
country, he entered the field of original composition
and produced an inspiring patriotic song entitled:
"Hurrah for Old New England," which acquired
widespread popularity. Severing his connection with
Mr. Dodge in 1854, he organized the Chamberlain
Concert Company, which was inaugurated auspic-

iously and with which he was identified for- a num-
ber of years or until 1861, when he withdrew from
the concert field permanently. Entering mercantile
business at Felchville, Vermont, he conducted a
general store under the firm name of Chamberlain
& Keyes until 1869, and immediately thereafter en-
tered the shoe business at Keene. He subsequently
became associated with Edward Spaulding in con-
ducting a dry goods store, but shortly afterwards
disposed of his interest in order to open a new
establishment devoted to the same line of trade,
and some fifteen years ago he admitted his son-in-
law, Frank Huntress, as a partner. Possessing the
necessary sagacity for successfuly conducting busi-
ness on a much larger scale, and realizing that a
judicious expansion would increase his purchasing
advantages in the wholesale markets, he began the
organization of a chain of branch stores, and at
the present time is actively interested in dry-goods
establishments known as the Chamberlain Syndicate
in Vergennes and Rutland, Vermont, Nashua, Win-
chester and Claremont, New Hampshire, and Fitch-
burg and Leominster, Massachusetts. These, to-
gether with the Keene store, which is one of the best
dry-goods emporiums is the state, are all financially
sound and therefore in a flourishing condition.

Prior to the incorporation of Keene as a city
Mr. Chamberlain served as a selectman, and was
elected later to the common council. For the years
1878-79-80 he represented Keene in the lower branch
of the legislature, and in 1885 and '86 he was in the
state senate. At Concord he devoted his energies
to progressive and reform legislation and he labored
assiduously and successfully against apparently over-
whelming odds to change the character of the "Old
Grab Law" (so called), carrying his bill practically
alone and finally winning out by nine votes in the
senate and three in the house. For a period of nine
years was a member of a special railroad commission
and rendered excellent services in that capacity. Mr.
Chamberlain has been for many years vice-president
of the Citizens National Bank. Politically he is a
Republican. For the past twenty-six years he has
officiated as president of the board of trustees of the
Keene Public Library. In Free Masonry he has
taken thirty-two degrees, and also affiliates with the
Knights of Pythias. He attends the First Congre-
gational Church.

On January 8, 1857, Mr. Chamberlain married
Harriet E. Persons, his first wife. She died August
17, 1894, leaving one daughter, Berdia Alia, who is
now the wife of Frank Huntress, previously referred
to. He was again married, INIarch 16, 1897, to Ellen
M. Atwood, daughter of William and Pamelia At-
wood, of Keene. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Huntress
have three children: William Chamberlain Hunt-
ress, born September 5, 1892 ; Frank Chamberlain
Huntress, born August 4, 1894, and Harriet Cham-
berlain Huntress, born October 12, 1898.

The Chamberlain familv of
CHAMBERLAIN this sketch is very probably
an untraced branch of the
family of Chamberlains whose generations are else-
where given in this work.

Loammi Chamberlain. _ son of Captain Isaac
Chamberlain, was born in Chelmsford, Massachu-
setts, June 6, 1791, and died in Mason, New Hamp-
shire, November 24, 1853, aged sixty-two years.
Early in life he showed a partiality for mechanical
occupation and an aptitude for ingenuity in the
construction . of such tools and utensils as he had
occasion to make or mend. He chose to learn a



trade, and was apprenticed to Salathiel ^Manning, a
machinist of Chelmsford. Mr. Manning afterward re-
moved to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, where young
Chamberlain completed his apprenticeship in 1812.
Soon after he took a contract for building the cards
for the Mason Cotton Mills Company, doing the
work at the shop of his late master m New Ipswich.
When he had finished the cards he went to Mason
village and put the carding and spinning machinery
in operation. The two or three years next following
he was much engaged in setting up machinery and
"starting on" mills, in New Ipswich, Milford, and
other places.

About the year 1S15 Loammi Chamberlain, Roger
Chandler and Eleazer Rhoades bought a small mill
in New Ipswich, which they fitted up, and there
manufactured cotton yarn for two or three years.
In 1818 he contracted for water power of the Mason
Cotton Mill Company, and built a machine shop.
In 1821 he contracted with the Mason Cotton Mill
Company "to build, make and put in complete oper-
ation sixteen power looms, equal in every respect,
to those in the Waltham Factory,"' and, if necessary,
"to buy a loom of the Waltham Factory for a pat-
tern, and then the said company to advance the
money for the same, etc." About this period he made
a valuable improvement in the power looms then in
use. This greatly enhanced his reputation as a ma-
chinist, and gave him employment in other states.
For several years he carried on quite extensively the
manufacture of woolen and cotton machmery,
machine tools, and so on, employing at times thirty
or forty workmen. In 1846 he sold his machine
tools and went into other business. For several years
he was engaged in blacksmithing.

About the year 1840, in company with Thomas
Pierce, he fitted up the lower cotton mill, which had
stood idle since the failure of the Mason Cotton Mill
Company, and for a short time manufactured satinets
and other woolen fabrics. About this time also
he built a saw mill below the village. For several
years before his death he was chiefiy employed in
overseeing his saw mill and his farm. He was a
member of the two great fraternal orders, the
Masons and the Odd Fellows, in both of which
orders he was prominent locally.

Mr. Chamberlain possessed inventive talent and
mechanical skill in a high degree. He was one of
the busiest and most useful of the ancient citizens
of Mason, and gave employment to many persons,
some of whom spent many years in his service. He
never sought public office, 'but filled some public
positions in the town with honor and- ability. He
possessed strong powers of observation and great
enterprise. He was a good neighbor and a public-
spirited citizen, and highly esteemed. But it was in
the family circle that his virtues of head and heart
were most observable, and there his excellencies
were most fully appreciated.

He married, in 1821, Eliza S. Tucker, of Brook-
line. She survived her husband. They had but one
child, James L.. whose sketch follows.

(II) James Langdon, only child of Loammi and
Eliza S. (Tucker) Chamberlain, was born in Mason,
February 16, 1824, and died there. He was edu-
cated in the common schools, and, succeeded to the
extensive business of his father, which he carried
on successfully. In 1857 he erected one of the
most extensive and complete flouring mills in the
state, which he operated. He married, February 16,
1854, Mary A. Prescott, of Mason.

(III) Ida F., daughter of James L. and Mary A.

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