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of these important industries upon an extensive
scale, and furnishing employment to a large num-
ber of men. His farm, which contains seven hun-
dred acres of fertile land, is one of the largest tracts
of agricultural property in Hillsboro county, and
its facilities, in the way of improved machinery, ap-
pliances, etc., are unsurpassed. As a lumberman he
stands foremost among the operators in that section,
cutting and hauling a large number of logs annual-
ly, and beside furnishing the Nashua Heat, Light and
Power Company with its entire supply of poles, he
provides the F. D. Cook Lumber Company with
large quantities of posts and other material. Po-
litically Mr. Howe acts with the Democratic party.



He takes a profound interest in the moral and re-
ligious welfare of the communit3\ He married
Olive W. Farvvell, daughter of Leonard and Lydia
(Williams) Farwell, of Groton, Massachusetts. Mr.
and Mrs. Howe have one son, William Farwell
Howe, who is principal of the Ames public school at
East Dedham, Massachusetts ; it has an average at-
tendance of about five hundred pupils.

This family is of English origin, and
HALEY the surname, independent of errors in

spelling by uneducated scribes, has been
found in various forms in various forms, some of
which are : Hale, Halle, Halie, Healey, Hally and
Haley. Branches of the family were early settled
in Kittery and Biddeford; these, as tradition tells,
are descended from two distinct heads, possibly

(I) Andrew Haley had a large fishing business in
the Isles of Shoals, where he settled in early Colo-
ial days, and from him "Haley's Island" was named.
He seems to have been a man of wealth and social
standing, and was known as the "King of the
Shoals." A sea wall was built by him fourteen
rods long, thirteen feet high and fifteen feet wide,
to connect two islands and improve his harbor. He
bought land in York in 1662 and sold it in 1684. He
married Deborah, a daughter of Gowen Wilson, an
early and prominent citizen of Exeter and Kittery.
She was appointed administratrix of his estate De-
cember 2, 1697. They had: Andrew, William, De-
liverance, Elizabeth, Deborah, Anna and Rhoda.

(II) Andrew (2), eldest child of Andrew and
Deborah (Wilson) Haley, settled on the Haley
homestead. He had grants of land in 1692 and 1699.
He made his will April 8, 1725, and mentions three
sons and three daughters ; land and buildings on
Spruce creek; reserved orchard for wife Elizabeth.
He wrote his name "Hally." He was a wealthy man
for his time as is shown by his inventory, returned
July 2, 1725, which was £1,176:16 7, with £4:30:0
returned by the executrix June 9, 1727. He married.
July 15, 1697, Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Scam-
rnon. She seems to have lived a widow until 1742,
and August 14 of that year she was published to
Nicholas Weeks. The children of Andrew and
Elizabeth were : Elizabeth, Andrew, William, Sam-
uel, Sarah, John and Rebecca.

(III) John, sixth child and fourth son of An-
drew (2) and Elizabeth (Scammon) Haley, was
born June 14, 1712. He inherited part of his father's
estate at his majority. John Haley and his wife
"owned the covenant," September 30, 1744. He mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of William and Sarah
(Eastman) Bryar, as a deed of Alfred shows. Their
children were : Joel, Peletiah, Susannah, Dorothy,
Milly, Eunice, Tobias, Sarah, Lucy, Robert and Re-

(IV) Robert, son of John and Margaret (Bryar)
Haley, married (first), September 10, 1772, Betsey
Parker, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Googin)
Parker, who is said to have been his cousin. He
married (second), October 15, 1780, Widow Mar-
tha (Jones) Hutchings. Four children were born
to him : William. Robert, John and Polly. There
is no record of his birth or baptism.

(V) Robert (2), second son and child of Rob-
ert (i) and Betsey (Parker) Haley, was born in
Kittery, Maine, December 22, 1778. He was the
founder of the Haley family of Tuftonborough, to
which town he removed in 1810. He was killed on
the railroad near South Berwick. Maine, February
20, 1845. He married (first), September 5, 1802,
Nancy Schillaber, who was born July 25, 1779. and

died January 23, 1832. He married (second) Mrs.
Sally (Whitehouse) Wiggin. His children, all by
the first wife, were : Eliza, Schillaber, William,
Abel, twin sons (died young), Parker, Nathaniel,
John and Nancy.

(VI) Abel, fourth child of Robert (2) and Nancy
(Schillaber) Haley, was born in Rochester. New
Hampshire, October 23, 1808, and at two years of
age was taken by his parents to Tuftonborough. He
died August 3, 1880, at Wolf borough, aged seventy-
two, and was buried with Masonic honors. He was
educated in the common schools and in the Wolf-
borough and Tuftonborough Academy. When
between fifteen and sixteen years of age he
went to Danvers, Massachusetts, where he
spent a short time and then returned to his
home. For eighteen successive winters he taught
school. He owned and carried on a farm, but also
did surveying, and most all of the surveying in his
time was done by him. He had a good knowledge
of law, though not a lawyer, and his advice was
sought by many. He settled various estates in
Tuftonborough. and for years was one of the trus-
tees of the Wolfborough and Tuftonborough Acad-
emy. At eighteen years old he was clerk of the
militia company, and later adjutant and inspector.
He was a Democrat in politics and held local offices
for many years. From 1839 to 1843 he was repre-
sentative; collector eight years; selectman, 1839 to
1843 ; moderator for more than twenty years ; dele-
gate to the constitutional convention of 1850; state
senator in 1850-51 ; councillor in 1853-54, under the
administrations of Governors Noah Martin and M.
B. Baker. As further indicative of his business
talent and probity it may be observed that while
he remained in Tuftonborough he not only almost
wholly guided the public affairs of the town, but was
the constant advisor of his fellow townsmen in all
matter of personal importance, drawing their
deeds and their legal documents, and acting as the
mutual friend, umpire and peacemaker between
many who might be long estranged from each other,
but for his kindly and timely mediation. Through
all the years of his busy life Mr. Haley was a
practical farmer. Enjoying to the full all the com-
forts, luxuries and contentment of a well stocked
farm home and dispensing the bounties of a gener-
ous hospitality that never permitted the poor and
needy to go away empty handed from his door. His
manner of public speaking was of the ornate and
flowery kind, but his strong native common sense,
his keen judgment of human nature, his treasury
of facts garnered from solid reading, his resolute
will, his high veneration of justice, and his great
argumentative power invariably won for him the
admiration and respect even of his opponents in
whatever field of controversy he might happen to
engage. In 1854 he removed to a farm in Wolf-
borough and took an active and leading part in
the financial affairs of that town. He organized the
State Bank of Wolfborough and was elected its
first Cashier, and filled that offices for eleven years,
until it was merged into the Wolfborough National
Bank in 1865. Under the administration of Mr.
Haley and his associates the bank was excellently
managed and besides paying a semi-annual dividend
of four per cent it had an undivided surplus of $10,-
000 when it went into liquidation, October 24. 1855.
l\fr. Halev was made an entered apprentice in Morn-
ing Star Lodge, No. 17, of Wolfborough and on
December 19. 1855, he took the degree of Fellow-
craft and Master Mason. In 1857 he was made
worshipful master, and served in that office until
1861. About 1830 the charter was returned to the



Grand Lodge, and the lodge remained dormant un-
til 1856, when it was reinstated through the efforts
of Mr. Haley. Past Master Haley revived the in-
terest of the members and had itr charter restored
and he -ionferred the degree on all candidates re-
ceived t'lereafter until 1861. This lodge celebrated
its centennial, October 24, 1904. in Brewster Memor-
ial hall with great pomp and ceremony, and Mr.
Haley's course was eulogized. He was a member
of the Christian Church, and always gave it his
strongest support. It was principally through his
influence that the church edifice was removed from
the country to Wolfboro, where it is now one of the
most flourishing religious organizations in the city.

Abel Haley married (first), December 25, 1831,
Mrs. Edith (Dodge) Tibbetts, who was born in Bev-
erly, I\Iassachusetts, March 17, 1799, and died in Tuf-
tonborough, June 17, 1850. He married (second)
Lucinda C. (Piper) Pinkham, widow of Charles
Pinkham, and daughter of John Piper, a revolution-
ary soldier, who was born January 17, 1760, and
died in Tuftonborough in 1830, a lineal descendant
in the fifth generation from Nathaniel (born in
England in 1630) and Sarah, his wife. John Piper
married (first), January 12, 1783, Jemima Hersey,
horn 1762, and died February 6, 1803; and (second),
January 26, 1804, Anna Young, who was born in
Wolf borough, August 25, 1777. By the first mar-
riage there were five sons and five daughters. By
the second eleven children. Lucinda C, the fifth
child of John Piper and Anna Young, born July 24,
1809, died June, 1891. married Abel Haley. Eight
children were born to Abel and Edith (Dodge)
Haley: Abel (died young), Nancy S.. January 6,
1834; Abel S., mentioned below; Lydia C., Novem-
ber 4, 1836; Levi T., mentioned below; James D.,
mentioned below; Edith D., March 30, 1842; Sarah
E., June I, 1845.

(VH) Abel S., son of Abel and Edith (Dodge)
Haley, was born March 30, 1835, in Tuftonborough,
and died in Somerville, Massachusetts, April 14,
1891. At the age of sixteen he went to Boston, and
that summer and the next he drove a milk wagon,
returning to Tuftonborough and attending* school
winters. In 1855 he entered the employ of Mr. J.
B. Severance in Fanueil Hall Market as a clerk
He paid close attention to business and afterward
admitted as a partner in the business firm, and after
the death of Mr. Severance he became the sole pro-
prietor of the business. In 1889, he and R. H. Stur-
tevant bought our Bird & Company and formed the
firm of Sturtevant & Haley, and carried on the meat
Inisincss together until the death of Mr. Haley. In
1882 ^Jr. Haley removed his residence to Somer-
ville, where he had just completed a handsome and
commodious house, when he died. He had accu-
mulated a property of over one hundred thousand
dollars. He was married in 1862. to Laura French,
of Newmarket, New Hampshire. He left two chil-

(VII) Levi Tibbetts, third son and fifth child of
Abel and Edith (Dodge) Haley, was born in Tuf-
tonborough, June 20, 1838, and was educated in the
common schools. In 1866 he quit farming, which he
had followed to that time, and engaged in the gro-
cery business. Subsequently he was engaged in cus-
tom tailoring, and still later conducted a livery
stable. He has always had a penchant for public
afifairs and has been much in office. In politics he
is a Democrat. In 1868 he was police officer of
Wolf borough and filled that office several years. He
was next appointed deputy sheriff under Leavitt H.
Eastman, of Conway, and served three years, under
a Republican administration. In 1874 Governor

James A. Weston appointed him sheriff and he
filled that office in 1874-75.' In 1878, after the office
became elective, he was twice elected and served
from 1878 until July i, 1882. In 1882 he was elected
state senator and served full term of two years. Al-
though seventy years of age Mr. Haley is still a
very active man and looks carefully after his farm-
ing interests and other business. He has a retentive
memory, and enjoys talking about men and affairs
of long years ago. In 1874 he was made a Mason
in Morning Star Lodge and was worshipful master
1869-71, 1875-77. He is also a member of Lake
Shore Grange, No. 128, Patrons of Husbandry, of
which he has been master, and also of Carroll County
Pomona Lodge, of which he was the second master.
He is also a member of the National Grange. He
married, February 15, 1878, Mary L. Evans, who
was born in Wolf borough, 1844, daughter of Otis
and Shuah M. (Libby) Evans. (See Libby, VIII.)
They have one child, Abel, whose sketch follows.

(VIII) Abel, son of Levi T. and Mary L. (Ev-
ans) Haley, was born in Wolfboro, April 19, 1880,
and was graduated from Brewster Free Academy
with the class of '99. For some years he was a
clerk, but is now in the employ of the American
Express Company. He was made a Mason in Morn-
ing Star Lodge. No. 17, 1901, and is now worship-
ful master, filing the offices his father and grand-
father before him had held, and doubtless there is not
another instance in the state where grandfather, fath-
er and grandson have all been master of the same
lodge. He is also a member of Carroll Royal Arch
Chapter. No. 23, Royal Arch Masons, of Wolfboro;
Orphan Council, No. i. Royal and Select Masters,
of DoVer, New Hampshire; Commandery, Knights
Templar, of Laconia ; Bektash Pilgrims Temple, An-
cient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of
Concord; and Warren Chapter, No. 10, Order of
the Eastern Star of Wolfboro, also a member of the
New Hampshire Club of Boston. He passed through
all the above degrees and offices when he arrived
at the age of twenty-six years.

(VII) James D., fourth son and sixth child of
Abel and Edith (Dodge) Haley, born November
17, 1839, at Tuftonborough, New Hampshire, was
educated in the town school and Wolfborough and
Tuftonborough Academy. Taught school and clerked
in a store imtil he was about twenty-three years of
age, then went to New York City and clerked for
John P. Huggins, proprietor of the Lovejoy Ho-
tel, New York City, seven years ; then clerked in
the Grand Hotel, also Fifth Avenue Hotel, having
been a hotel clerk in the city of New York about
twenty years. Went to Bostgn about 1884 and there
engaged in the meat business, and now owns the
stall in the Boston Market where his brother Abel
S., had been engaged in the meat business for about
thirty-four years. Mr. Haley has made a success of
the meat business and has accumulated handsomely.
He is a Republican in politics, and has held sev-
eral local offices at Medford. Massachusetts, whei-e
he makes his home. He is a member of Morning Star
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Wolfboro,
New Hampshire. He married Clara Coburn, of
Boston, and they have three children.

It is not absolutely proven who were
HILTON the first men to make a settlement

upon the soil of our state, but that
honor, if it does not belong exclusively to the
Lliltons, is certainly shared by them. Edward Hil-
ton was one of the company sent by the proprietor
of Laconia to make settlement on the Piscataqua
river. They expected to cultivate the vine, dis-



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cover mines and carry on the fisheries. Edward
with his brother William arrived from London in
1623, and settled at Dover Neck, seven miles from
Portsmouth. They had a hard time, and Hilton,
being a friend of Governor Winthrop, sought the
protection of Massachusetts, in 1641. In 1652 he
moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, where he had
been granted land some years before. He died in
1671. Edward Hliton's eldest son, Edward (2),
married Ann Dudley, daughter of Rev. Samuel
and Mary (Winthrop) Dudley, and granddaughter
both of Governor John Winthrop and Governor
Thomas Dudley, of Massachusetts. Their eldest
son, Colonel Winthrop Hilton, became the leading
military man in the Province, and was killed by the
Indians, June 23, 1710. The descendants of this
family are very nurnerous in the southern part of
]\Iaine and New Hampshire, and probably all bear-
ing the name in those regions could be traced to this
line, but no genealogy has been written, and the con-
necting links are lacking.

(I) Edward Hilton was of English birth, but
the date and place of his nativity are unknown.
Edward and William Hilton were brothers, and
came from London to Piscataqua in the spring of
1623. They had been members of the guild of fish-
mongers, and Edward was selected to take charge
of the settlement of Dover which should be sup-
ported mainly by fishing. They were sent over by
the company of Laconia, and settled at Dover Point.
Edward Hilton was from the first a very busy man,
and as time passed the amount of his business in-
creased. At first the little settlement at Dover was
practically a little republic with Edward Hilton,
the company's agent, at its head. He was the first
of the "Rulers of Dover," and held office from the
spring of 1623 to 1631. He was regarded by the
Massachusetts government as the principal man in
the Dover settlement, and after its annexation by
Massachusetts, which was mainly effected by him,
he was depended on to assist in maintaining, and
was the first named in the list of magistrates of
Dover in 1641, but removed to Exeter shortly af-
terward. The records of Exeter show that he
was settled and had a house in the part of Exeter
which is now South Newfields, at least as early
as December, 1639. A large grant of land had been
made to him by the Exeter authorities, on "4 day
of the 1st week of loth month 1639." In 1653 an-
other grant of about two miles square, comprising
the whole village of Newfields, was made to him
in regard to his charges in setting up a saw mill.
A considerable part of this grant has remained to
this day the property of his descendants. He be-
came a leading man in the place, serving as towns-
man and selectman from 1645 nearly every year
up to 1652. In 1657 he was one of the committee
of two from Exeter who met a company of three
from Dover and "settled the bounds" between the
two towns by marking the line, and agreed upon
the enjoyment that each town should have, of the
border land. He was repeatedly chosen by the in-
habitants on various important committees to look
after their interests, and was in all respects a use-
ful and valuable citizen. He was assistant judge
of the court of common pleas. He has been styled
"The Father of New Hampshire." He died early
in 1671. He brought a wife with him to America,
or soon after married one, who was the mother of
his children, but what her maiden name was is un-
known. His second wife was ' Catherine, daughter
of Hon. Alexander Shepley, agent of Sir Ferdinando
Gorges in Maine, widow of James Treworgie, of

Kittery. His children were : Edward, William,
Samuel, Charles, Susannah, Sobriety and Mary.

(II) Captain William, second son of Edward
Hilton, the settler, is said to be the next in this
line of Hilton, but that is not beyond question. He
was commander of a company in the militia. He
left several children.

(III) Jonathan, son of Captain William Hilton,
married his cousin. Sobriety Hilton, daughter of
Edward (2), the eldest child of Edward (i) Hil-
ton, and his wife, Ann Dudley. Ann Dudley was
born October 16, 1641, and was the daughter of
Rev. Samuel Dudley, of Exeter, and granddaughter
of Thomas Dudley, the second governor of Massa-
chusetts Bay. Her mother was originally Mary
Winthrop, daughter of John Winthrop, the first
governor. The children of this union were :
Charles, Jonathan, John and Mary.

(IV) Charles, eldest child of Jonathan and
Sobriety (Hilton) Hilton, married Hannah Pike,
daughter of Robert and Hannah (Gilman) Pike,
and they had one child, Charles, the subject of the
next paragraph.

(V) Charles (2), only son of Charles (i) and
Hannah (Pike) Hilton, was with Benedict Arnold
and under the immediate command of Captain
Henry Dearborn, for whom he named one of his
sons, in the famous march through the woods of
Maine to Quebec, and suffered terribly from hunger
and cold. The men traversed a country entirely
destitute of game, and after eating all their supply
of provisions, ate two dogs which accompanied the
expedition, and later boiled and ate leather straps
and moccasins. Two days after arriving at Quebec,
Hilton and others were taken prisoners and suffered
from vermin and hunger in captivity. The Ne\<f
Hampshire state papers of the Revolution contain an
account of the allowance of twenty-two pounds,
eight shillings to Charles Hilton for "Loss at Que-
beck." Charles Hilton, the records state, was in
the regiment of militia raised to reinforce the
Northern Continental army in 1777, and commanded
by Nicholas Gilman, Esq. Also Charles Llilton,
private, entered, September 15, 1777, Captain Porter
Kimball's company, of Colonel Stephen Evans's
regiment, which marched from New Hampshire to
join the Continental army at Saratoga in Septem-
ber, 1777. He was discharged December 15, 1777,
after a service of three months and one day, re-
ceiving wages thirteen pounds, thirteen shillings, and
an allowance of travel money "out to Bennington
home from New Windsor, three hundred miles,
four pounds, thirteen shillings and three pence."
Charles Hilton removed to East Andover where he
settled on a farm, kept a tavern, and became a
prominent man. His homestead contained two
hundred acres. Besides this he owned at different
times between twelve hundred and thirteen hundred
acres of land, the twenty-three deeds to which his
descendant, Charles H. Hilton, now has. He mar-
ried Mary Wadleigh, who was the daughter of
Benjamin and Hannah (Dearborn) Wadleigh. She
was born in 1752. Their children were : Dudley,
Elijah, Henry D., Polly, Sally and Charles (twins),
and Betsey.

(VI) Captain Henry Dearborn, third child and
son of Charles and Mary (Wadleigh) Hilton, was
born in Andover, and lived on his father's home-
stead for a time, and then sold it and removed to
Andover Village, where he dwelt the remainder
of his life. He married Deborah Clough, who was
the daughter of Lieutenant Moses Clough, a Revo-
lutionary soldier, and his wife Molly (Cram)



Clough. They had five children : Dearborn Henry,
Polly, Hannah, Isabel, and Charles B., the subject
of the next sketch.

(VH) Charles Burdet, youngest child of Captain
Henry and Deborah (Clough) Hilton, was born
in Andover, April 15, 1818, and died March 30,
1902, aged eighty-four. He attended school and
worked at farm labor until he was twenty-one years
of age, and then went to Boston, where he was a
member of the police force for six or seven years.
The two subsequent years he resided in Lowell,
and then removed to Concord, where he learned the
trade of cabinet maker, and resided about seven
years. Returning to his native town, he bought a
farm of one hundred acres a mile east of East An-
dover and resided there until his death. He was an
attendant of the Free Will Baptist Church, but not
a member. In politics he was a Republican. He
married Mary Jane West, who was born in 1820,
and died in 1896, daughter of Noah and Hannah
(Webster) West, of Salisbury. They had two chil-
dren : One died in infancy ; the other, Charles
H., is the subject of the next paragraph.

(VIII) Charles Henry, son of Charles B. and
Mary Jane (West) Hilton, was born in Andover,
April 29, 1852, and was educated in the common
schools. He lives on a farm adjoining the one his
father owned, containing four hundred acres. He
keeps a large flock of sheep. He raises, buys, and
sells stock, and does some slaughtering. In agri-
cultural and in enterprises of public interest he is
a leading citizen. In political faith he is a Re-
publican, and has served his town two years, 1891
and 1892, as selectman, has been deputy sheriff
of Merrimac county, and for six years was superin-
tendant of the county farm. He married. May 12,
1877, at Franklin, Marcia Frances Nelson, who was
born in Danbury, November 7, 1858, daughter of
Andrew and Louisa (Withington) Nelson, of San-

(I) Ralph Hilton was born in Wells, Maine.
He was a merchant in that town in his younger days
and later he was engaged in farming. He accumu-
lated quite an amount of land in that region. The
latter part of his life he was retired from active
duty. He married his cousin, Hannah Hilton.
Ralph Hilton died at Wells in 1875.

(II) Eben, son of Ralph and Hannah (Hilton)
Hilton, was born at Wells, Maine. He was a
stone mason by trade, which line of work he fol-
lowed all his life in his native town. He had
charge of the stone work at the time the Boston &
Maine railroad was extended from South Berwick
to Portland, Maine. He married Mary Elizabeth

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