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lieve the poor and distressed. He is vice-president of
the Protestant Orphanage, and a trustee of the John
M. Hunt Home, and in the conscientious discharge
of the duties of these offices, finds opportunity to
help the deserving and needy. He is a member of
Rising Sun Lodge, No. 39, Ancient Free and Ac-
cepted Masons, of which he is past master, and Mer-
idian Sun Royal Arch Chapter, No. 9; and of Gran-
ite Lodge, No. I, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows ; also a member of Governor Wentworth Col-
ony, Order of Pilgrim Fathers.

He married (first), October 31, 1877. at Marl-
boro, Massachusetts, Winifred M.. daughter of Wil-
liam Savery, of Wareham, Massachusetts, who died
March 23, 1904. Married (second), September 26,

1906, Emma B. Babbitt, of Craftsbury, Vermont,
born January 14, 1867, daughter of Hiram and
Emeline (Horner) Babbitt. Children by first mar-
riage: Wyman R., born January 19, 1880, a tele-
graph operator of Newport, Rhode Island : Marion
S.. born February 2, 1881 ; now Mrs. Harry Wood-
burj', of Hopedale, Massachusetts.

(VI) Winthrop, eighth child and fifth son of
Benjamin (2) and Abigail (Howe) Howe, was
born in Marlboro, August 12, 1795.

(VII) George Winthrop, son of Winthrop Howe,
was born in Pelham, Massachusetts. He was cm-
ployed in the shoe factories of Marlborough and
Grafton, Massachusetts, where he was very useful,
as he was a skillful man. familiar with the work in
the departments of the business. He married ("first )
Harriet F. Coburn, daughter of James Coburn. of

Warren, Maine; (second) Drury, of Grafton,

Massachusetts. George W. and Harriet F. (Co-
burn) Howe, had two children : Everett C, whose
sketch follows, and William A. By his second
marriage he had one child, Alfred M.

(VIII) Everett Chase, son of George W. and
Harriet F.. (Coburn) Howe, was born in Marl-
borough, Massachusetts, April 2, 1871. He was
educated in the public schools of Marlborough,
where he prepared for college. He entered Har-
vard University, where he pursued the course of
study until he reached the senior year, when he
left that institution and began the study of law
in the office of William 'N. Davenport, Esq.,
of Marlborough. He read there a year and a
half, until the outbreak of the Spanish war in 1898,
and enlisted in Company F, Sixth Massachusetts
Infantry, and went to Porto Rico where he served
one year. Returning to tlie states he resumed the
study of law in the office of Albert S. Wait, Esq.,
and in June. 1901, was admitted to the bar at Con-
cord, New Hampshire. In October following he
opened an office in Littleton, where he has since
practiced with success. In politics he is a Repub-
lican. In 1903-04 he served out an unexpired term
as a member of the school board. In 1903 he was
appointed special agent of the state license commis-
sion, where he served until May, 1906, when he re-
signed. Mr. Howe married, September 18, 1902, at
Newport, New Hampshire, Louise C. Barrett, who
was born August 27, 1876, daughter of Frank and
Grace E. Barrett, of Newport, New Hampshire. They
have one child, Charles F., born in Littleton, June 4,

(II) John (2), eldest child of John (i) and
Mary Howe, was born 1640, in Sudbury, and resided
in Marlboro', Massachusetts, where the birth of his
children are recorded. It is presumed that he had
other children born before his settlement in Marl-
boro. He was killed by the Indians in Sudbury,
April 20. 1676, and his house and buildings were
destroyed by the same enemy. He was married
Januai-v 22. 1662, but the christian name of his
wife, Elizabeth, is all that is preserved. _ Their •
children born in Marlboro were: John, David and
Elizabeth. Others were born in Sudbury (men-
tion of Josiah and descendants appears in this
article). His brother, Samuel Howe, was proprietor
of the farm in Sudbury. Massachusetts, on which
sat the noted Howe Tavern, made famous by Long-
fellow in his "Tales of a Wayside Inn."
' (III) John (3), eldest known child of John (2)
and Elizabeth Howe, was born September 9, 1671,
in Marlboro, and spent his life in that tOAvn. His
will was made in 1752. and the inventory of his
estate, made in 1754, foots up five hundred and





thirty-five pounds, which was a great property in
that day. His first wife. Rebecca, died September
22. 1731, and he was married June 18, 1740, to Ruth
Eager, who was born December 20, 1694, daughter
of Zachariah Eager. His children were all men-
tioned in his will, namely : Peter, John, Sarah, Ebe-
nezer Rebecca, Mary. Hannah, Seth, Elizabeth,
Eunice and Dorothy. These were ail the children
of the first wife.

(IV) Peter, eldest child of John (3) and Rebec-
ca Howe, was born May 8, 1695, in Marlboro, and
died in that town, October iS, 1778, in his eight>*-
fourth year. He was married December 24, 1718,
to Grace Bush, who was born May 3, 1696, daugh-
ter of Abial and Grace (Bennett) Bush, of Marl-
boro. She died December 10, 1770. Their
children were : Ezra, Nehemiah, Kezia, Eb-
enezer, Mary, Rubecca, Peter, Rhoda and Ruth.
Rebecca became tne wife of Eliakim Howe and set-
tled in Hcnniker. iliey were the parents of Rev.
Tilly Howe, who graduated from Dartmouth Col-
lege in 1783.

(V) Ezra, eldest child of Peter and Grace
(Busli) Howe, was Dorn March 22, 1719, in Marl-
boro, and lived in that town until a few years be-
fore the Revolution, when he removed to Henniker,
New Hampshire, and there died April 4, 1789. He
was a soldier in the French and Indian war. He
married Phcebe Bush, who was born March 3, 1729,
a daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Randall) Bush.
She died August 11, 1813. Their children were:
Sarah, Nehmiah, Phoebe, Eli, Micah, Lydia, Judith,
Aaron and Moses.

(VI) Nehemiah, eldest son and second child of
Ezra and Phoebe (Bush) Howe, was born March 5,
1752, in Marlboro. In his youth the family removed
to Henniker, New Hampshire. He resided for a
time in the northern part of that town, and subse-
quently lived in Lyme and Woodstock, this state,
and died in Thetford, Vermont.

(VII) David, son of Nehemiah Plowe, was a na-
tive of either Woodstock or Lyme, New Hampshire,
and settled in Thetford, Vermont, devoting the ac-
tive period of his life to tilling the soil. Informa-
tion at hand, which is probably based upon family
tradition, states that he was descended from the
original proprietor of the old "Howe Tavern" at
Sudbury. Massachusetts, made famous by the poet
Longfellow, in his "Tales of a Wayside Inn." John
Howe, the emigrant, who is thought to have come
from Warwickshire, England, was in Sudburj^ as
early as 16.39 ^nd took the freeman's oath there
in 1640. He was one of the original settlers of
Marlboro, Massachusetts. The tavern was opened
by the latter's son John in 1666, and for about two
hundred years was a noted place of public enter-
tainment. A descendant of the tavern-keeper set-
tled in Henniker, New Hampshire, and was the
progenitor in this state of the Woodstock Howes,
some of whom became residents of Thetford, Ver-
nont, including the above-mentioned David. David
Howe was an active member of the Congregational
Church and a lay preacher. Among his children
were Henry. Lorenzo and William.

(VIII) William, son of David Howe, was born
at Thetford in 1807. He was a blacksmith In' trade
and followed that calling for many years in his na-
tive town, where he died in 1873. He married Sa-
rah Bastoon. of New York City, who was of Ger-
man parentage. She became the mother of ten
children, but four of wliom lived to maturity, name-
ly : Almira, who became the wife of Percy Green;
Hamilton Tyler, who will be again referred to ;
Ellen, who is the wife of H. A. Watson of Pacific

Grove, California, and Henry, who died about 1888,
at Thetford, Vermont. The mother of these chil-
dren died in 1872.

(IX) Hon. Hamilton Tyler, son of William and
Sarah (Bastoon) Howe, was born in Thetford, April
19, 1849. After concluding his attendance at the
Thetford high school he served an apprenticeship
at the carpenter's trade, which he followed for a
short time, and he was also' engaged in the manu-
facture of lumber. In 1871 he went to Oakland,
California, where he spent three years in the pro-
vision business, and upon his return to Thetford
turned his attention to the manufacture of doors,
sash and blinds, which he carried on for about
fifteen years. Removing from Thetford to Hanover
in 1888 he engaged in the livery business, and for
a time conducted two establishments, but having
disposed of one of these he is at the present time
giving his exclusive attention to the Allen street
stable, which is well equipped for a general livery
and hacking business. He also runs a stage line
from Hanover to Lebanon. From 1894 to 1901
he was proprietor of the Wheelock House (now the
Hanover Inn). In addition to his livery business
he conducts a farm of one himdred and fifty acres.
Mr. Howe is one of the most prominent Republi-
cans ni western New Hampshire, having presided
over the Hanover Republican club for a period of
ten years, and he has long and faithfully served
the town, county and state in an official capacity.
For fourteen years he was deputy sheriff, was mod-
erator at town meetings in Hanover for ten years,
and from 1901 to 1905. was a member of the low'er
house of the state legislature. He is now -serving
in the state senate from the second district, and in
addition to being chairman of the committee on elec-
tions is a member of the committees on labor, the
revision of the statutes relative to corporations and
others. He is past noble grand of Good Samaritan
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having
occupied for four terms all of the important chairs
in that body, and he is a member of Golden Rod
Lodge of Rebekahs, Hanover, Morning Star En-
campment and Canton Hanover. Patriarchs Militant,
Lebanon. He is also a past master of Grafton Star
Grange. Patrons of Husbandry, and a member of
Mascoma Vallej^ Pomona, and the New Hampshire
State Granges. He attends the Congregational

In 1883 Mr. Howe was joined in marriage with

Nellie E. Moody, daughter of William E. and

E. (Wallace) Moody, of Post Mills, Vermont. Mr.
and Mrs. Plowe have two daughters, Effie N. and
Amy E. The former is a graduate of the Thetford

(HI) josiah Howe, fourth son and sixth child
of John (2) and Elizabeth How, was born in 1650,
in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He settled in Alarl-
borough, and married, March 18, 1672, Mary, daugh-
ter of Deacon John Haynes, of Sudbury. Josiah
Howe, died 171 1, and his estate was administered
In' his widow. Subsequently she married John
Prescott. Josiah Howe was a soldier in King Phil-
ip's war, and was one of those who rallied to the
defense of the town when attacked by the Indians.
His children were: Mary (died young), Mary
(died young), Josiah, Daniel and Ruth.

(IV) Josiah (2), son of Josiah (i) and !^Iary
THaynes) Howe, was born in Malborough, 1678.
settled there, and married. June 14, 1706, Sarah
Bigelow. He married (second). November 22,
T713, Mary Marble. The children of Josiah and
Sarah (Bigelow) Howe, were: Phineas, Abraham
and Rachel. The children of Josiah and ]\Iary



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(Marble) Howe were: Sarah, Mary, Josiah and

(V) Phineas, son of Josiah (2) and Sarah
(Bigelow) Howe, was born in Marlboro, December
4, 1707. settled m Shrewsbury, North Precinct, and
was admitted to the Shrewsbury Church'. His farm
was in what is now the town of Boylston. He was
married March 22, 1732, at Shrewsbury, where he
was living, to Abigail Bennett, who died in Boyls-
con, August -z-^, 1784. He died' there January 4,
1801, aged ninety-three years and twenty days. Their
children, all born in North Precinct and baptized
in the Shrewsbury Church, were : Phineas, Beza-
leel, Silas, Abigail and Elizabeth.

(VI) Silas, third son and child of Phineas and
Abigail (Bennett) Howe, was baptized February
13) '^Ti7- and settled in what is now Boylston, then
the north precinct of Shrewsbury, where he was a
farmer, and wdiere he died October 10, 1817. His
wife's baptismal name was Abigail, but her family
name is unknown. She died January 18, 1813, aged
sixty-nine years. Their children w'ere : Levi. Eph-
raim, Silas, Abraham, Abigail, Persis, Tamer and
one who died in childhood unnamed.

(VII) Ephraim, second son and child of Silas and
Abigail Howe, born about 1760, settled in Hollis,
New Hampshire, where he cleared up a farm and
passed his life. His wife's name was Mary, as shown
in the record. of their children's birth, namely: Nich-
olas, Kphraim, Mary. John, Joseph, Sarah, Isaac
and Samuel.

(VIII) John, third son and fourth child of Eph-
raim and Mary Howe, was born October 11, 1782,
in Hollis, and was a pioneer, like his father, and set-
tled iv. Whitefield, New Hampshire, whence he re-
moved in Carroll, same state, in 1828. He lived
there till his death, September 25, 1868, at the age of
eighty-six years. At the time of his settlement there
the country was almost a primitive wilderness, and
when he grew up he followed almost the only vo-
cation open to him — farming — and made it his life
employment. He had but a limited literary educa-
tion,_but he possessed a large share of good common
sense, experience and executive ability, was a good
neighbor, and an honest man, and his townsmen put
him in various offices where he served to the benefit
of the town and to his own credit. He married
Sarah Jewell, by whom he had nine children, as fol-
lows : Jonas, Louisa, Abagail, Thomas R., Lucy,
Mitchell W.. Hester, Silas and Eliza.

(IX) Silas, son of John and Sarah (Jewell)
Howe, was born in Whitefield, Coos county. New
Hampshire, July 14, 1822, and died November 4,
1905, aged eighty-three. He, like his father, grew
up on a farm, but fitted himself for the less labor-
ious vocation of school teacher and followed it for
a number of years. He was attentive to his work,
and prospered in his farming and had that plenty
which makes an independent farmer the most inde-
pendent man in the world. He was a veteran of the
civil war and served from April. 1864, until the close
of the w^ar, receiving an honorable discharge. He
held various town offices, among which was that of
superintendent of schools. He was a staunch mem-
ber of the Free Will Baptist Church, like his father
before him. He married Julia, daughter nf David
and Betsy Oilman, of Carroll. She was born in
Washington, Vermont, July 5, 1829, and still lives in
Carroll, (October, 1907), aged seventy-eight years.
Nine children were, born of this marriage : Ellen,
Zeeb. George. Mary, Maria, Ann, Alice L., Laura J.
and Sarah J.

(X) Zeeb, eldest son of Silas and Julia (Oilman)
Howe, was born in Carroll, August 24, 1850. He

remained with his father until seventeen years of
age, attending school and doing his part in the
performance of the labor on the farm. After leav-
ing home he went to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and
was there employed five years in the Fairbanks shops
as a polisher. In 1876 he resumed farming at Car-
roll, and carried it on until 1889, when he was ap-
pointed assistant postmaster at Tw^in Mountain by
William A. Barron, and at the same time was in
the employ of Barron. Merrill & Barron as night
clerk. In i8o7 he received the appointment of post-
master, and held it ten years, until 1907. In poli-
tics he is a Republican. He has been town treasurer
and clerk for ten years past, and superintendent of
the check h'st for some time. He married, July 23,
1870, Hattie M. Thompson, who was born in Bos-
ton, Massachusetts. April 20. 1843, daughter of
Isaac and Maria (Woodruff) Thompson, of Carroll.
Five children have been born of this union, only one
of whom, Stella survives. She married, October
14, 1903, Richard J. Smith, of Carroll.
(Second Family.)
(I) Abraham How^e. emigrated from
HOWE England and was admitted a freeman
in Roxbury. May 2, 1638. His wife,
whom he married in England, and whose maiden
name does not appear in the records, died in Rox-
bury in December, 1645, during a period of mortal-
ity described by Eliot as the saddest that town had
yet known, and he removed to Boston where his
death occurred November 20, 1683. His children
W'Cre : Abraham, Elizabeth, Sarah, Isaac, Deb-
orah, Israel and probably others.

(II) Abraham, eldest child of the preceding
Abraham, was born in England and emigrated with
his parents. He was married in Watertown, May
6, 1657, to Hannah Ward, daughter of William Ward
and in 1660 became a landed proprietor in Marl-
boro. His children were: Daniel, Mary, Joseph,
Hannah, Elizabeth, Deborah, Rebecca, Abraham,
Sarah and Abigail.

(Iin Joseph, third child of Abraham and Han-
nah (Ward) Howe, was born in Watertown, in
1661. and died September 4, 1700. He was a large
landholder in Watertown, Lancaster and Marlboro.
On December 29. 1687, he was married in Charles-
town to Dorothy Martin, who bore him six children,
namely : Sarah, Eunice, Bethia, Joseph, Abraham
and Jedediah.

(IV) Joseph, fourth child and eldest son of Jo-
seph and Dorothy (Martin) Howe, was born in
Marlboro, February 19, 1697, and died there Feb-
ruary iS, 1775. February 20. 1722, he married Zer-
viah, daughter of Captain Daniel Howe : she died
December 10, 1723. He married (second). July 12,
1727. Ruth Brigham. daughter of Jonathan and
Mary Brigham. Her death occurred October 14,
T781, in her eighty-seventh year. His will was dated
July 16, 1770, and' probated March 14. i775- His chil-
dren were: Zerviah, Joseph, Dorothy. Dinah, Thad-
deus, Elizabeth, Samuel, Phineas, Artemas and Mi-


(V) Joseph, eldest child of Joseph and Ruth
(Brigham) Howe, was born February i, 1728. He
was married May 21. 1751. to Grace Rice, who ^yas
born in 1730, daughter of Simon and Grace Rice.
He died September 26, 1800, and his widow died Jan-
uary 23, 1816. The twelve children of this union
were : ' Lovina, Reuben, Simon. Samuel. Lucy, Eli,
Hcpsibah (died young), Daniel, Joseph (died young)
Miriam. Hcpsibah and Joseph.

(VI) Daniel, fifth son and eighth child of Joseph
and Grace (Rice) Rowe, was born June t, 1764. In
the spring of 1795 he went from Fitzwilliam, New
Hampshir^e, to Springfield, Vermont, locating in



district No. ii, where he cleared a productive farm.
He died in Springfield, August 9, 1818. On March
I3> 1790, he married Elizabeth Patch, who was born
May 3, 1770, and he died May 21, 1862, at the
advanced age of ninety-two years. Their children
were: Elizabeth, Eli (died young), Hannah, Eli,
Daniel and James, who wore born in Fitzwilliam ;
Isaac, Lewis, Achsah and Huldah, who were born
in Springfield.

(VH) Lewis, sixth son and eighth child of Dan-
iel and Elizabeth (Patch) Howe, was born in
Springfield, July 2, 1804. He was a shoemaker by
trade and followed that calling for many years in
his native town. He died November 5, 1880. He
married, April 6, 1828, Laura Smith, and her death
occurred September 12, 1886.

(Vni) Franklin Lewis, son of Lewis and Laura
(Smith) Howe, was born in Springfield, 1837. He
was an able mechanic, and going to Keene in 1856,
entered the employ of the Keene Furniture Com-
pany, with whom he remained continuously for a
period of forty years. He died in Keene, 1903. He
was married to Maria H. Macintosh, and reared
two sons — Frederick E. and George F.

(IX) Frederick Eugene, eldest son of Franklin
L. and Maria H. (Macintosh) Howe, was born in
Keene, June 30, 1864. He attended the public schools
including the high school and after the completion
of his studies he learned wood carving. From 1889
to 1894 he was employed by the Keene Furniture
Company, and for the ensuing two years carried
on the wood-carving business on his own account.
Som.e ten years ago he purchased the M. White Pho-
tograph Studio, and has ever since devoted his time
and energies to photography, which has proved an
excellent opportunity for the development of his
ability as an artist. In politics Mr. Howe is a Re-
publican, and has participated actively in both civic
and military affairs, having served as ward clerk,
member of the common council two years and of
the board of aldermen for the same length of time,
and is at the present time acting as moderator in
ward four. For two years he was quarter-master
sergeant of the Second Regiment, New Hampshire
National Guard, and receiving the appointment of
regimental quarter-master he served in that capa-
city continuously with credit for nine years. His
efforts in developing the artistic tastes of the cum-
munity have been attended with good results, and
he is now president of the Keene Art Cluk He at
tends the Unitarian Church. He was married to
Susie S. Buffum, who was born in Keene, April
19, 1865, and is a representative of a highly reputable
family which was established in New England early
in the Colonial period.

(i) Robert Buffum and his wife Thomasin,
who were of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1638. are
supposed to have emigrated from Yorkshire, Eng-
land, in 1634, and he died in 1679.

(2) Caleb, son of Robert and Thomasin Buf-
fum, Avas married in Salem, March 26, 1672, to Han-
nah, daughter of the first Joseph Pope.

(3) Benjamin, son of Caleb and Hannah Buf-
fum, was born in 1686.

(4) Benjamin, son of the preceding Beniamin,
was born in 1716. He resided in Smithfield, Rhode

(5) Caleb, son of Benjamin Buffum, was born
in 1759, and died in 1803, August 15, 1784, he mar-
ried Tamer Gaskill, daughter of Jonathan Gaskill.
She died and he subsequently married her sister
Hannah. She survived him and married for her
second husband Stephen Raymond, of Royalston,
Massachusetts. Her death occurred in 1856, at the

age of eighty-seven years. The children of her
first union were: Polly (married Calvin Forbes),
Caleb, Silas, James, Elizabeth (inarried Enoch Met-
calf, of Royalston), Benjamin and Gaskill.

(6) James, third son and fourth child of Caleb
and Hannah' (Gaskill) Buffum, was born in 1792,
and died a nonogenarian in Keene. He was a pros-
perous farmer of Royalston for many years. His
first wife was Ruth Bliss, and hjs second was Fran-
ces A. Fifield. His children were: James (died
young), Ruth B., Caleb T., Mary B., Sarah A.,
George B., James, David P.. Charles, Emily W.,
Susan and Caroline.

(7) Caleb Talbot, second son and third child
of James and Ruth (Bliss) Buffum, was born in
Royalston, June 4, 1820. He completed his educa-
tion at the Keene Academy, and became a wellknown
merchant tailor of that city. For some time he was
a member of the city government, and was represen-
tative to the state legislature two years. He was
also active in benevolent and philanthropic work,
and a member of the Humane Society. On April
19, 1843, he married Susan R. Gilmore, daughter of
Lewis Gilmore, of Charlestown, this state. She
died December 21. 1854. Of this union there was
one daughter, Ella A., who died at the age of six-
teen years. He was married a second time Febru-
ary 23, 1857, to Sarah A. Stratton, daughter of Asa
Stratton, of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Sh^ be-
came the mother of two children : Frederick Lin-
coln, born November 14, i860, died December 5,
1867, and Susie S., who became the wife of Fred-
erick E. Howe, as previously stated. The children
of Mr. and Mrs. Howe are : Reginald F. and Bar-

(I) Captain Nathaniel Howe was a master-mari-
ner residing in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and died
at sea. The name of his wife, whom he married in
Marblehead, January 20, 1793, was Mehitable Green.

(II) Captain Nathaniel (2), son of Captain Na-
thaniel (i) and Mehitable (Green) Howe, was born
in Marblehead in 1804. He settled in Hollis, New
Hampshire, where he followed agriculture with pros-
perous results, and w'as a well-known oi^cer in the
state militia, commanding a company which ac-
quired an enviable distinction for unusual proficiency
in military tactics. His death occurred, January,
1879. He married Elmira Rideout, daughter of Jon-
athan and Rebecca (Powers) Rideout, of Hollis,
and had a family of six children, namely: Eliza-
beth R., William, John, Norman. Annie L., and El-
len. Norman was a soldier in the Civil war, Com-
pany H., Seventh New Hampshire Regiment, and
died in the army.

(III) John Prentiss,_ son of Captain Nathaniel
and Elmira (Rideout) Howe, was bcrn in Hollis,
June 2, 1837. He was educated in the public schools
of his native town, and reared to agricultural pur-
suits. From the time of his majority he has been
engaged in farming and lumbering, conducting each

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