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he purchased these three half shares of his father,
and in the deed the place is called the "homestead."
In 1760 he was a grand juror, and in 1761 sold his
farm to Richard Sanborn, Jr., and probably remained
in Kensington, for in July of that year his son Levi
is born up there. Some time in 1764 he removed to
Canterbury, as appears by several deeds. In 1768
he appears in Gilmanton, coming from Loudon, then
a part of Canterbury. His name appears among
those of Gilmanton who signed the Association Test
Paper, but he does not appear to have taken a part
in the Revolutionary war. His intention of marriage
is recorded as follows in the records of Salisbury,
Massachusetts : "Jonathan Hutchinson of Kensing-
ton entered his intention of marriage with Theodate
JMorrill of Salisbury, November 6, 1742." He was
married in Salisbury, January 13, 1743. His wife was
the daughter of Aaron and Joanna Morrill, born in
Salisbury, November 24, 1726, and descended from
Abraham Morrill, one of the early settlers of Sal-



isbuiy. The children of this marriage were : Elislia,
Theodate, Jonathan. Dudley, Joanna, Joanna, Susan,
Hannah, Levi, Stephen and Elijah. (The history of
Stephen and some of his descendants is a feature of
this article).

(III) Jonathan (2), third child and 'second son
of Jonathan (i) and Theodate (Morrill) Hutchin-
son, was born in Kensington, March 20, 1748, and
died in Pembroke, May 3, 1830. He was a hatter by
trade, residing in Pembroke, on a place still in the
possession of his descendants. He married, about
1769, Mehitable (Chandler) Lovejoy, a descendant
of John Lovejoy, one of the first settlers of Andover,
Massachusetts. She died in Allenstown, March 2,
1835. The children, all born in Pembroke, were:
Betsejr, Jonathan, Obadiah, and Solomon (twins)
and Levi.

(IV) Jonathan (3), second child and eldest son
of Jonathan (2) and Mehitable (Lovejoy) Hutchin-
son, was born in Pembroke, April 24, 1771, and died
there January 17, 1843. He was a hatter by trade,
and resided in Pembroke, Boscawen and Salisbury.
He married Mary Wardwell, born August 28, 1772,
died in Merrimack, August 30, 1850. Their chil-
dren were: Nathaniel P., Chandler H., Pamelia,
Herman, Hiram, Hubbard, Jesse, John W., Mary
W., Ira, Jeannette W. and Charles K.

(V) Nathaniel P., eldest child of Jonathan and
Mary (Wardwell) Hutchinson, was born in Pem-
broke, November 19, 1794, and died October 4, 1874.
He was a farmer and resided on the Hutchinson
homestead, which he bought of his Uncle Solo-
mon, April 2, 1818. He was in his earlier life a
Congregationalist, but later joined the Methodists.
and worshipped in the church which stood on the
hill in Pembroke. In politics he was a Democrat.
He enlisted in the War of 1812 and served at
Portsmouth. March 5, 1820, he married Lydia
Smith, born in Danbury, New Hampshire, No-
vember 15, 179s, died February 15, 1881. They
had two children : Lyman Curtis and Augustus P.

(VI) Lyman Curtis, eldest child of Nathaniel P.
and Lydia (Smith) Hutchinson, was born at Pem-
broke, April I, 1831, and died there May 14, 1905.
He was educated in the common schools and at Pem-
broke Academy, and was by trade a carpenter. In
1867 he bought the old Hutchinson homestead, and
in 1883 built upon the site of <^he old dwelling an
elegant residence, now occupied by his widow. In
politics he was a Democrat, and in religious faith, a
Congregationalist. He was a man of influence in
his neighborhood, a true hearted citizen, a good
neighbor and friend, and had the moral courage to
profess his sentiments whether they were popular or
not. He married, November 29, 1866, Lizzie A.
Staniels, daughter of Charles H. and Sarah A. (Far-
rington) Staniels, of Chichester, born October 10,

(III) Stephen, eleventh child and sixth son of
Jonathan and Theodate (Morrill) Hutchinson, was
born July 31. 1764, probably in Canterbury, New
Hampshire. He married, March 7, 1792, Elizabeth
Sanborn, and they were the parents of five sons :
Jonathan, Stephen, David, John and Ebenezer.

(IV) John, son of Stephen and Elizabeth (San-
born) Hutchinson, was born in Gilmanton, died
probably, 1864, in Gilmanton. He was a hatter by
trade and lived in Gilmanton and Loudon. _ During
the War of 1812 he was in the military service. He
married Betsey Bradbury, born in Meredith, died
in Concord, 1879. Their children were : Jonathan
M., died in Loudon ; Ebenezer B., mentioned below ;
Eliza Ann, widow of Charles T. Wason, of Concord ;
Joseph Emerson, of Concord; Ira James, died, 1905,

in Concord; Mary Abby, wife of Charles Kendall, of
Concord ; and Oliver, who died in California sev-
eral years ago.

(V) Ebenezer Bradbury, second son arid child
of John and Betsey (Bradbury) Hutchinson, was
born in Loudon, April i, 1831. When eight years
old he was taken by his parents on their removal to
Gilmanton. After attending school there two years
he went to Colchester, Vermont, where he attended
school till seventeen years of age. The following
year he went to Burlington, Vermont, and there
learned the carpenter's trade, remaining in that
place till 1852. Removing to Glens Falls, New York,
he worked at his trade there four years. In 1857
he went west and spent one year. Removing to
Concord in 1859, he was in the employ of White &
Brainard, contractors and builders, some years, and
then was partner with E. D. Brainard in the same
business for four years. At the end of that time, in
1863, he continued in business alone till 1894, when
he sold out to Abbott Piper & James, former em-
ployes. He attends the South Congregational
Cjiiurch, is a member of White Mountain Lodge,
No. 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is
a staunch Republican. In 1883, he was elected to
the New Hampshire legislature from ward 6, Con-
cord. He now resides with his daughter in that

He married (first), December 31, 1854, Adaline
Elizabeth Sabin, born December 31. 1834, at Wal-
den, Vermont, died January 23, 1859, at Concord.
She was a daughter of Hiram Sabin, a blacksmith
of Walden. He married (second) Mary Frances
Brown, born June 13, 1831, in Bow. died March 3,
1903, in Concord, daughter of Jonathan Brown (born
about 1805, died March 8, 1888) and his wife, Mary
Elizabeth (McCauley) Brown, born May 30, 181 1,
died May 26, 1900. By the first marriage. Mr.
Hutchinson has one child, Ella Martha Hutchinson,
born in Loudon, February 13, 1858, married. May i,_
1878, Charles H. Gay, born in Warren, New Hamp-
shire, October 17, 1854, carriage builder in the em-
ploy of the Abbott-Downing Company of Concord.
They have had two children : Ada Hutchinson,
born January 18, 1880, married, March 6, 1901, Wil-
liam Russell Hutton, carpenter, of Concord; Francis,
born May 26, 1902, died May 28, 1902.

The name of Morton, Moreton, and
MORTON Mortaigne, is earliest found in old
Dauphine, and is still existent in
France, where it is represented by the present
Comtes and Marquises Morton de Chabrillon. and
where the family has occupied many important po-
sitions, states the "Genealogy of the Morton Fam-
ily," from which this sketch is taken. In the an-
nals of the family there is a statement repeatedly
met with, that as the result of a quarrel one of the
name migrated from Dauphine, first to Brittany and
then to Normandy, where he joined William the
Conqueror. Certain it is that among the names of
the followers of William painted on the chancel
ceiling in the ancient church of Dives in old Nor-
mandy, is that of Robert Comte de Mortain. It
also figures on Battle Abbey Roll, The Domesday
Book, and the Norman Rolls, and it is conjectured
that this Count Robert, who was also half-brother
of the Conqueror by his mother Harlotte, was the
founder of the English family of that name. In the
Bayeux tapestry he is represented as of the Council
of William, the result of which was the intrench-
ment of Hastings and the conquest of England.
Count Robert held manors in nearly every county
in England, in all about eight hundred, among which



was Pevensea, where the Conqueror landed, and
where in 10S7 Robert and his brother Odo, jjishop
of Ea3'eux, were besieged six weeks by William
Rufus. Here Camden (1551-1628) found "the most
entire remains of a Roman building to be seen in

When William, Earl of Moriton and Cornwall,
son of Robert, rebelled against Henry I, that prince
seized and razed his castles, but this one seems to
have escaped demoJition, In early Norman times
this William built a tastle at Tamerton, Cornwall,
and founded a college of canons, as appeared by
the Domesday Book, where it is called Lanstaveton.
On the north side of the Gretna in Richmondshire
stands an old manor house, called Moreton Tower,
from a lofty, square embattled tower at one end
of it.

Of the family of jMorton were the Earls of Dul-
cie and Cornwall; Robert Morton, Esq., of Bawtry;
Thomas Morton, secretary to Edward HI ; William
Morton, Bishop of Meath ; Robert Morton, Bishop
of Worcester in i486 ; John Morton, the celebrated
Cardinal Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chan-
cellor of England, 1420-1500; Albert Morton, Sec-
retary of State to James I; Thomas Morton (1564-
1659) Bishop of Durham and Chaplain to James H.

Prominent among the English Mortons who early
came to America were Thomas Morton, Esq., Rev.
Charles Morton, Landgrave Joseph Morton, Propri-
etary Governor of South Carolina, and George

(I) George Morton, the first of the name to
found a family in America, and the ancestor of
former Vice-President Levi P. Morton, was born
about 1585, at Austerfield, Yorkshire, England, and
it is believed was of the ancient Mortons, who
bore for arn\s : Quarterly, gules and ermine ; in
the dexter chief and sinister base, each a goat's
head erased argent attired or. Crest, a goat's head
argent attired or. Hunter, in his "Founders of New
Plymouth," suggests that he may have been the
George Morton hitherto unaccounted for in the
family of Anthony Morton, of Bawtry, one of the
historical families of England, and that from Rom-
anist lineage "he so far departed from the spirit and
principles of his family as to have fallen into the
ranks of the Protestant Puritans and Separatists."

Of George Morton's early life no record has
been preserved, and his religious environments and
the causes which led him to unite with the Separ-
atists are alike unknown. His home in Yorkshire
was in the vicinage of Scrooby Manor, and possibly
he was a member of Brewster's historic church ;
but it is only definitely known that he early joined
the Pilgoms at Leyden, and continued of their com-
pany until his death. When the first of the colon-
ists departed for America, Mr. Morton remained be-
hind, although he "much desired" to embark then
and intended soon to join them. His reasons for
such a course is a matter of conjecture. As he
was a merchant, possibly his business interests
caused his detention, or, what is more probable, he
remained to promote the success of the colony by en-
couraging emigration among others. That he served
in some official capacity before coming to Ameri-
ca is undoubted. One writer states that he was "the
agent of those of his sect in London," and another,
that he acted as "the financial agent in London for
Plymouth County."

The work, however, for which this eminent fore-
father is most noted, and which will forever link his
name with American history, is the publication is-
sued by him in London, in 1622. of what has since
been known as "Mourt's Relation." This "Rela-

tion," may justly be termed the first history of New
England, and is composed of letters and journals
from the chief colonists at Plymouth, either ad-
dressed or intrusted to George Morton, whose au-
thorship in the work is possibly limited to the pref-
ace. The "Relation" itself is full of valuable in-
formation and still continues an authority. Shortly
after it was placed before the public, George Mor-
ton prepared to emigrate to America, and sailed with
his wife and five children in the Ann, the third and
last ship to carry what are distinctively known as
the Forefathers, and reached Plymouth early in
June, 1623. "New England's Memorial" speaks of
Mr. Timothy Hatherly and Mr. George Morton as
"two of the principal passengers that came in this
ship," and from Morton's activity in promoting emi-
gration it may be inferred that the Ann's valuable
addition to the Colony was in a measure due to his

He did not long survive his arrival, and his
early death was a serious loss to the infant settle-
ment. His character and attainments were such as
to suggest the thought that, had he lived to the
age reached by several of his distinguished contem-
poraries, he would have filled as conspicuous a place
in the life of the Colony. The Memorial thus chron-
icles his decease :

"Mr. George Morton was a pious, gracious ser-
A'ant of God, and very faithful in whatsoever pub-
lic employment he Avas betrusted withal, and an un-
feigned well-wilier, and according to his sphere and
condition a suitable promoter of the common good
and growth of the plantation of New Plymouth, la-
boring to still the discontents that sometimes would
arise amongst some spirits, by occasion of the dif-
ficulties of these new beginnings ; but it pleased God
to put a period to his days soon after his arrival in
New England, not surviving a full year after his
coming ashore. With much comfort and peace he
fell asleep in the Lord, in the month of June anno

He married Juliana Carpenter, as shown by the
entry in the Leyden Records :

"George Morton, merchant, from York in Eng-
land accompanied by Thomas Morton, his brother,
and Roger Wilson his acquaintance, with Juliana
Carpenter, maid from Bath in Engtend, accompan-
ied by Alexander Carpenter, her father, and Alice
Carpenter, her sister, and Anna Robinson, her ac-


"The banns published 16 July 1612.

23 July

The marriage took place 2 Aug. 1612."

Mrs. Morton married (second) Manasseh Kemp-
ton, Esq., a member of the first and other assem-
blies of the colony. She died at Plymouth, 18
February, 1665, in the eighty-first year of her age,
and is mentioned in the Town Records as "a faith-
ful servant of God."

Children of George and Juliana (Carpenter)
Morton : Nathaniel, Patience, John, Sarah and

(H) Hon. John Morton, second son of George
and Juliana (Carpenter) Morton, born at Leyden,
Holland, 1616-7. also came with his parents in the
"Ann." He was admitted a freeman of the colony
7 June, 1648. chosen constable for Plymouth in
1654, one of the grand inquest of the county in 1660,
elected by the freemen of Plymouth a deputy to the
general court in 1662, tax assessor in 1664, select-
man in 1666, collector of excise in 1668, and served
the town of Plymouth in other important capacities.
He removed to Middleboro, in the same county.



where he was one of the "famous twenty-six orig-
inal proprietors and founders," and in 1670 was the
first representative of the town to the general court,
which office he held until his death (1673). Among
his colleagues in the general court in 1662 were his
cousin, the Honorable Constant Southworth. Capt-
tain Peregrine White, Cornet Robert Stetson and
Mr. William Peabody.

Mr. Morton died at Middleboro, October 3,
1673. He married about 1648-49, Lettice, whose
surname is unknown. She afterwards became the
second wife of Andrew Ring, and died 22 Feb-
ruar}-, 1691. Children of John and Lettice Mor-
ton, all born at Plymouth: John (died young),
John, D^feborah, Mary, Martha, Hannah, Efcther
Manasseh, and Ephraim..

(HI) John (2), the eldest surviving child of
Hon. John (i) and Lettice Morton, was born at
Plymouth, December 21, 1650. Like others of his
family he was well educated, and to his effort is
due the establishment of what is believed to be the
first absolutely free public school in America, which
he "erected and kept" at Plymouth in 1671, "for the
education of children and youth." He was succeed-
ed as teacher by Ammi Ruhamah Corlet, a gradu-
ate of Harvard, and son of the renowned Elijah
Corlet. who, bred at Oxford, was for half a century
master of the Latin School at Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts. Mr. Morton died at Middleboro in 1717.

He married (first) about 1680, Phebe ; (second)

at Middleboro, about 1687, Mary, daughter of An-
drew and Deborah (Hopkins) Ring. Children of
John (2) Morton by his first wife: Joanna and
Phebe; by his second wife: Mary, John, Hannah,
Ebenezer, Deborah and Perez.

(IV) Captain Ebenezer, fourth child of John and
Mary (Ring) Morton, was born at Middleboro,
19 October, 1696. He was a prominent citizen, and
served in the office of assessor, surveyor of high-
ways, selectman, moderator of the town meeting,
and captain of the militia. He died at Middleboro,
1750; married 1720, Mercy Foster, born 1698, daugh-
ter of John and Hannah (Stetson) Foster, of Plym-
outh. She died at Middleboro. April 4, 1782,
aged eighty-four. Children of Captain Ebenezer
and Mercy (Foster) Morton, all born at Middle-
boro ; Mercy, Mary, John, Ebenezer, Hannah, Deb-
orah, Seth, Sarah, Nathaniel and Lucia.

(V) Ebenezer (2), fourth child of Captain Eb-
enezer (t) and Mercy (foster) Morton, was born
at Middleboro, August 27, 1726 ; married there
July 23, 1753, Mrs. Sarah Cobb. Children of Ebe-
nezer (2) and Sarah Morton, all born in Middle-
boro : Mercy, Ebenezer, Phebe, Livy, Priscilla and

(VI) Priscilla, fifth child of Ebenezer (2) and
Sarah (Cobb) Morton, was born October 4, 1763;
married, 1780, Seth Morton, Jr., and died 19 Feb-
ruary, 1847.

(V) Seth, seventh child of Captain Ebenezer
and Mercy (Foster) Morton, was born at Middle-
boro, March 11, 1732; died January 30, 1810; mar-
ried (first) October 10, 1751, Lydia Hall of Sand-
wich; (second) 1757, Hepzibah Packard. She died
in 1820, aged eighty-eight. Children of Seth Mor-
ton by his first wife : Phebe, Joshua, Seth ; by his
second wife : Caleb, Samuel, Lydia, George, Hep-
zibah, Isaac, Mercy. David and Sarah.

(VI) Seth, (2), third child of Seth (i) and
Lydia (Hall) Morton, was born at Middleboro,
February 27, 1756, and died December 3, 1805. He
was a revolutionary soldier, a private in Captain
Nehemiah Allen's company, Colonel Theophilus
Cotten's regiment, and served thirty-one <lays on a

secret expedition to Rhode Island in September and
October, 1777. He was also a private in Captain
Allen's company, of Colonel Jeremiah Hall's regi-
ment. This company marched December 8, 1776, to
Bristol, Rhode Island, and was in service ninety-two
days. He was also in Captain John Barrow's com-
pany. Colonel Ebenezer Sproutt's regiment, serving
from September 6 to September 12, 1778; the com-
pany marched from Middleboro to Dartmouth on
two alarms, one in May, and one in September, 1778.
Seth Morton was commissioned, October 28, 1778,
second lieutenant in Captain Robert Finney's (Elev-
enth) company. Colonel Theophilus Cotton's (First
Plymouth County) regiment of Massachusetts mi-
litia. His residence was always in Middleboro. He
married .first, November 20, 1783, Rosamond Fin-
ney; second, May 21, 1789, his cousin, Priscilla Mor-
ton, fifth child of Ebenezer (2) and Sarah (Cobb)
Morton, who was born October 4, 1763, and died
February 19, 1847. The only child by the first wife
was Virtue. The children by the second wife were :
Samuel, Phebe, Seth, Hepzibah, Ebenezer. Livy,
Lydia and Elias.

(VII) Phebe, second child and eldest daughter
of Seth (2) and Priscilla (Morton) Morton, was
born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, May 15, 1791.
She married in Middleboro, January 14, 1809, Sam-
uel Jennings of Wayne, Maine. (See Jennings V.)

There were several early immigrant an-
HOWE cestors of this name, but John Howe^

of Watertown, Sudbury, and Marlbor-
ough, Massachusetts, was one of the earliest if not
the first of this name in New England, and his pro-
geny now constitutes a large part of the family of
this cognomen in the eastern states. The Howes
of America are descended from Abraham Howe of
Roxbury and John "How" of Sudbury and Marl-
boro, Massachusetts, and the Howes of Keene are
the posterity of the first-named emigrant. Some
of them, notably Elias Howe, the inventor of the
sewing machine, have developed remarkable me-
chanical ingenuity, and several are distinguished
for their intellectual attainments and philanthropy.
(I) John Howe, son of John Howe, of Warwick-
shire, England, was for a long time a resident of
Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1638 or 1639 he was
one of the first settlers of Sudbury, where he was
admitted freeman May 13, 1640, and was selectman
in 1642. His name appears on the contract of Feb-
ruary 7, 1642, as a member of the committee repre-
senting the town with whom John Rutter agrees to
build the first meetinghouse erected in the town.
He petitioned, in 1656, for the grant of Marlbor-
ough, and is said to have been the first white set-
tler on the grant, to which he moved in 1657. He
was appointed by the pastor of the church and select-
man to see to restraining the youth on the Lord's
daj'. His kindness and honesty gained for him the
confidence of the Indians to such an extent that he
was often called upon to settle disputes among
them. Fie opened the first public house in Marl-
borough, and he kept it for several years. His
grandson, David Howe, son of Samuel Howe, re-
ceived of his father in 1702 a grant of one hundred
and thirty acres of land, in the "New Grant" terri-
tory, on which he built the Red Horse Inn or old
"Howe Tavern," the famous "Wayside Inn" of
Longfellow. The date of his death is given as 1678,
and also as 1687, July 10. By his wife Mary, who
survived him twenty years, he had twelve children :
John, Samuel, Sarah, Mary died young), Isaac, Jo-
siah, Mary, Thomas, Daniel (died young), Alex-
ander, Daniel and Eleazer.



(II) Isaac, fifth child and third son of John and
Mary Howe, was born in Sudbury, August 8, 1648,
and died December 9, 1724, aged seventy-seven. He
married (first), June 17, 1671, Frances Woods, who
died May 14, 1718; (second), December 2, 1718,
Susannah Silby.

(III) John (2), son of Isaac and Frances
(Woods) Howe, was born in Marlborough, Septem-
ber 16, 1682, and died May 19, 1754, aged seventy-
two. He married, November 3, 1703, Deliverance
Rice, of Sudbury.

(IV) Benjamin, son of Johh (2) and Deliver-
ance (Rice) Howe, was born in Marlborough, De-
cember 14, 1710, and died October 20, 1757, aged
forty-seven. He married, February 4, 1732, Lucy

(V) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) and
Lucy (Amsden) Howe, was born in Marlborough,
October 17, 1751, and died March 11. 1831, aged
eighty jcslts. He married Abigail Howe. (Men-
tion of their son, Winthrop, and descendants appears
in this article.)

(Vl)Jeroboam, son of Benjamin (2) and Abi-
gail (Howe) Howe, was born in Marlborough,
April I, 1800. Diiring his active adult life he re-
sided in Lowell, where he was engaged in farming
and stone contracting. He died there in 1884, aged
eighty-four. He married, in Londonderry, Abigail
Plummer, who was born in Londonderry.

(VII) George Windsor, eldest son of Jeroboam
and Abigail (Plummer) Howe,, was born in Lowell,
Massachusetts, September 28, 1828, and worked m
shoe factories in Marlborough and Fayville, Mas-
sachusetts, the greater part of his life, leaving that
employment in 1900 to live on a farm in Fayville,
where he now resides. He married Clarissa Ann
Wyman, who was born in Londonderry, New Hamp-
shire, daughter of Elbridge and Clarissa (Griffin)
Wyman, of Londonderry. Four children were born
of this union: Warren G., Lizzie C, Nellie F. and
Alice C.

(VIII) Warren G., eldest son of George W. and
Clarissa (Wyman) Howe, was born in London-
derry, New Hampshire, November 24, 1852, and at-
tended the common schools until he was sixteen
years old. He then began work in the L. A. Howe
shoe factory in Marlboro, Massachusetts, where he
was employed three years, when he began work in
the S. H. Howe shoe factory, with whom he con-
tinued until 'i88t, when he removed to Nashua. New
Hampshire, and was made foreman of the stitch-
ing room of the Estabrook-Anderson Shoe Company
and still holds that position, which at the present
time (1907) he has filled twenty-six consecutive
years. Mr. Howe is a member of the Unitarian
Church and endeavors to live up to the teachings
of religion and sound morality. He sympathizes
with the unfortunate and does what he can to re-

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