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Taylor, daughter of Samuel and Louise Taylor.
They had six children : Frank W., Lizzie M., Her-
bert, Lamont, who is mentioned below ; Herbert
and Arthur E. Eben Hilton died July 26, 1873, at
Wells, Maine.

(III) Lamont, third son and fourth child of
Eben and Mary E. (Taylor) Hilton, was born
February 7, 1864, at Wells, Maine. He was edu-
cated in the common schools of his native town,
and at the age of twelve worked for two years at
farming on Durrell's Island. On January 4, 1878,
he was engaged with the Davis Shoe Company, of
Kennebunk, Maine, where he remained three years. .
From here he migrated to Massachusetts, going
first to Lynn, where he was engaged with the F.
W. Breed shoe factory, and afterwards to Cam-
bridge, where he remained a short time with the
Thatcher-Stone Provision Company. He then went
back to Lynn and remained one year with the Keene

Brothers, shoe manufacturers. For the next dozen
years he was engaged in railroad work. He be-
gan at Chelsea, Massachusetts, where he was
crossing agent for the Eastern Railroad, and then
went to Portland, Maine, where he was switchman
in the yard. He was afterward promoted to freight
brakeman from Portland to Boston, which position
he held for five years. He then worked in the
grocery business at Wells, Maine, for a short time,
and on June 27, 1889, entered the Boston & Maine
service as passenger brakeman. He kept this place
for one year, or till he was promoted to baggage
master, and assigned to the run from Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, to Portland, Maine. He held this
position for three years, when he was transferred
to the Gloucester, Massachusetts, branch, taking
charge of the line from Boston to Rockport during
the summer season. He was afterward sent to the
run from Boston to Portland, Maine, in the capacity
of passenger brakeman.

April 2, 1895, Mr. Hilton started on a new line
of work. That day he entered the Portsmouth Po-
lice force as patrolman. On January 10, 1898, he
was promoted to be captain of the night watch,
but on account of the close confinement he resigned
and went back to the duties of patrolman. In No-
vember, 1903, he resigned from the police force and
engaged in a general insurance business, repre-
senting the Connecticut General Life, the Indemnity
of New York, and the United States of New York
and Delaware. Mr. Hilton has continued in this
business ever since. In April, 1905, he was elected
city treasurer of Portsmouth, and on January i,
1907, was elected city clerk. He is a staunch Re-
publican. Mr. Hilton is very prominent in fra-
ternal organizations. He belongs to the Piscataqua
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, passing
through the chairs in 1896; also to Osgood Lodge,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1901 he
took the Grand Lodge degree at Woodville, New
Hampshire, and was appointed district deputy
grand master of the Portsmouth district, compris-
ing the lodges in Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton,
Newfields and Newton. In October, 1902, he was
appointed grand marshal of the Grand Lodge by
Grand Master Frank L. Way. In October, 1903,
he was elected grand warden, in 1904 elected deputy
grand master, and in October, 1905, was elected
grand master. In October, 1906, he was elected
grand representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
for a term of two years. He is a member of Union
Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, Strawberry Bank Encamp-
ment, No. s. Canton Center, No. 12. He has taken
many Masonic degrees. He belongs to the Saint
Andrew's Lodge of Masons, the Inefifable Grand
Lodge of Perfection, fourteenth degree, to the
Grand Council, Princes of Jerusalem, sixteenth de-
gree, to the New Hampshire Chapter of Rose Croix,
eighteenth degree, to Edward A. Raymond Con-
sistory, thirty-second degree. Mr. Hilton is a mem-
ber of the United Order of American Mechanics,
Portsmouth Council, No. 8, of Alpha Council, No.
3, Royal Arcanum, and of the Boston & Maine Re-
lief Association. Lamont Hilton married Mary
Alice Perkins, daughter of William and Lizzie
Perkins, of Portsmouth. They have no children.

This is among the early Massachu-
FARNUM setts names which have been conspic-
uous in the settlement and develop-
ment of New Hampshire, especially at Concord and
vicinity. While most of its bearers have been tillers of
the soil, they have ever been identified with the work



of the church and other moral agencies, and still
adhere to the standards of their Puritan ancestors.
By many the name is now spelled Farnham.

(I) Ralph Farnum was born in 1603, and sailed
from Southampton, England, with his wife Alice,
in the brig "James," arriving at Boston, Massachu-
setts, June 5, 163s, after a voyage of fifty-eight days.
He was among the proprietors of Ipswich, Massa-
chusetts, in 1635. His wife was born about 1606,
and they brought with them four children, a daugh-
ter being born of them here. Their names were as
follows: Mary, born 1626; Thomas, 163 1 ; Ralph,
1633; Ephraim and Sarah.

(H) Ralph (2), born 1633, son of Ralph (i)
and Alice Farnum, is said by tradition (which is
open to question) to have been a native of Wales.
He settled in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was
a grand jurymai> in 1679, and was the ancestor of
a numerous posterity. He was married October 26,
1658, to Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Holt, an-
other pioneer of Andover. She was born March 30,
1636, in Newbury, Massachusetts. He died January
8, 1692, in Andover. His children were: Sarah,
Ralph, John, Henry, Hannah. Thomas, Ephraim and
James. (Ephraim and descendants receive extended
'mention in this article).
' (HI) Ralph (3), son of Ralph (2) and Eliza-
beth (Holt) Farnham, was born, probably in An-
dover, Massachusetts, where his parents lived, on
June I, 1662. October 9, 1685, he married Sarah
Sterling, and they had ten children : Sarah, Henry,
Ralph (4) (mentioned below), Daniel, Abigail, Wil-
liam, Nathaniel, Barachias, Benjamin and Joseph.
Of these children, Abigail, the second daughter and
fifth child, was married in January, 1714, to James
Abbott, of Andover, who became one of the first
settlers of Pennycook, now Concord, New Hamp-
shire. (See Abbott, HI).

(IV) Ralph (4), second son and third child
of Ralph (3) and Sarah (Sterling) Farnham, was
born May 25, 1689, at Andover, Massachusetts, but
removed when a young man to York, Maine. In
1712-13 by a vote in the York town-meeting he was
granted thirty acres of land. Ralph (4) Farnham
married at York, Elizabeth Austin, daughter of Cap-
tain Matthew Austin, and they had eleven children :
Joseph, born June 20, 1713; Ralph, Mary, Matthew,
Elizabeth, David, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Paul (men-
tioned below), Betty and John, born May 26, 1735.
Of this family, Betty, the youngest daughter, mar-
ried Berg, son of Richard Jacques, the soldier who
shot Rolle, the Jesuit priest, who incited the Indians
to massacre.

(V) Paul, seventh son and ninth child of Ralph
(4) and Elizabeth (Austin) Farnham, was born
April 20, 1730, at York, Maine. He lived for a
time in Lebanon, that state, and afterwards removed
to Acton, Maine, where his death occurred in 1820
at the age of ninety years.

(VI) Ralph (5), son of Paul Farnham, was born
in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in July, 1756, and
afterwards moved to Acton, Maine. He married
]\Tehitabel Bean, and they had seven children, among
them John, mentioned below. Ralph (5) Farnham
was the last survivor of the battle of Buiiker Hill,
and as such was introduced to the Prince of Wales,
now King Edward VII, on the latter's visit to Boston
in i860. Returning to his home in Acton, Mr. Farn-
ham lived but a short time longer, dying in Decem-
ber, i860, at the remarkable age of one hundred and
four years and five months.

(VII) John, son of Ralph (5) and Mehitabel
(Bean) Farnham, was born in Acton, Maine, near
the close of the eighteenth century. He married

Fannie Wood, and they had five children : Asa,
"Ezra, James, William and John.

(VIII) Ezra, son of John and Fannie (Wood)
Farnham, was born at Acton, Maine, October 10,
1831. After working a few years at the shoemaker's
trade he became proprietor of the stage route from
Acton Corner, Maine, to South Milton, New Hamp-
shire, which he conducted till the railway was com-
pleted. For twenty years afterward he manager a
line of teams and stages from Milton Mills
to Union, the southern village of the town of Wake-
field, in this state. Mr. Farnham was a Republican
in politics, and attended the IMethodist Church. On
June 3, 1855, Ezra Farnham married Harriet A.
Hubbard, daughter of Ezekiel and Abigail (Nason)
Hubbard, who was born in Acton, Maine. They
had one child, John Frank, whose sketch follows.
Ezra Farnham died July 26, 1884.

(IX) J. Frank, only child of Ezra and Harriet A.
(Hubbard) Farnham, was born in Acton, Maine,
April 20, i860. When but five years of age his
parents moved to Milton, New Hampshire, where
he attended the common schools and the
high school, subsequently taking a course at
the New Hampshire Institute, this state. He
worked for his father a few years, and in
1884 went to Union, New Llampshire. where
he opened a hardware store which he con-
ducted for five years. He then bought the entire
interest in the excelsior manufacturing plant, one
half of which he had previously owned, and in this
factory he has since conducted an extensive and pro-
fitable business. Mr. Farnham is a prominent Repub-
lican in politics, and has filled many offices in the
town, county and state. He served as treasurer
of Carroll county for two terms, 1895-96-97-98, and
in* 1898 was elected to the New Hampshire legisla-
ture where he was one of the committee on ap-
propriations and engrossed bills. In 1900, he was
chosen state senator and served on the judiciary
and railroad committees, and as chairman of the
committee on claims and manufacturing. He is
prominent in Masonic circles, having reached the
thirty-second degree Ancient Arabic Scottish Rite.
He belongs to and is past master of Unity Lodge,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Union, Co-
lumbian Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Farming-
ton, this state, Palestine Commandery, Knights
Templar, of Rochester, New Hampshire, and has
served as deputy grand master of the sixth ^Masonic
district. On November i, 1877, J. Frank Farnham
married Ora E. Cutts, daughter of William F. and
Abbie (Sanborn) Cutts, who was born at Milton,
New Hampshire. They had two children : Fred H.,
born at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, December 13,
1878, bookkeeper for Stone & Webster, of Boston ;
resides in Maiden, Massachusetts ; married Eva T.
Burnham, of Dover. Hazel A., born at Union, this
state, December i, 1897.

(III) Ephraim, fifth son and seventh child of
Ralph and Elizabeth (Holt) Farnum, lived and died
in Andover. He was married March 20, 1700, to
Priscilla Holt, who was probably his cousin, a
daughter of Nicholas (2) Holt of Andover. Five
of their sons were among the first settlers of Con-
cord, originally called Penny Cook, but the last re-
mained only a short time. Their names were:
Ephraim, Joseph, Zebediah, Josiah and James.
(Joseph, the second, and descendants receive further
notice in this article).

(IV) Ephraim (2), eldest child of Ephraim (l)
and Priscilla (Holt) Farnum, was one of the pro-
prietors of Penny (Took, and drew lot No. 15. He
was an inhabitant and had a house built in 1731,




as shown by the original report. November 7, 1739,
it was "voted, that there shall be a good and suffi-
cient garrison Ijuilt around the Rev. Timothy Walker's
dwelling house, as soon as may be conveniently, at the
town's cost," and Ephraim F"arnum and others were
appointed to build it. In 1746 he was one of ten ap-
pointed to the garrison around the house of Henry
Lovejoy, in the "West Parrish Village," and March
21, 1747, in garrison around the house of Jeremiah
Stickney in Rumford, now Concord. His second
settlement was on Rattlesnake Plain, so. called, about
two miles from the old North meeting house, on the
road to Boscawen. His name occurs often in the
early records of the proprietors, and he was chosen
deacon of the church, August, 1731. How long he
served is unknown. He was selectman in 1734. He
owned a mulatto boy named Caesar, who was found
in his pig trough when a babe. Mr. Farnum's death
occurred in 1775, when he was about eighty years
old. He married Molly Ingalls, and they had two
sons, Ephraim and Benjamin.

(V) Benjamin, second son and child of Ephraim
(2) and Molly (Ingalls) Farnum, was born j\Iarch
21, 1739, and lived on the south half of the paternal
farm, while his brother Ephraim (3) took the home-
stead and north part of the farm. He married Anna
Merrill, and they had fifteen children : ^lary, John,
Anna, Benjamin, Ephraim, Haynes, Jonathan (died
young), Nathaniel, Lydia, Jonathan, Nancy, Abiel,
Abigail, Jeremiah and Sarah.

(VI) Ephraim (4), fifth child and third son of
Benjamin and Anna (Merrill) Farnum, was born
on the old homestead, April 5, 1770, and died at the
age of ninety-four years. He succeeded his father
in the ownership of the farm, living there all his life.
He was an industrious, hardworking man and gave
all his attention to the farm. He married Sarah
Brown, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and they had
eight children : Nancy, Joseph B., Susannah, Ben-
jamin, Lydia, Luther and George and Harriet

(VII) Deacon Benjamin, fourth child and second
son of Ephraim (4) and Sarah (Brown) Farnum.
was born June l, 1804, on his father's farm, and died
January 14, 1892. He attended school in West Con-
cord, obtained a fair education and his life was spent
on the ancestral acres. His farm contained three
hundred acres, of which two hundred were wood-
land and the remainder intervale and pasture, and
he made a specialty of raising fine stock, and always
kept thirty or forty head of cattle. In 1845 he built
the largest of the buildings now on the place. He
w-as a Republican and was an alderman of Concord
one term. He was appointed deacon of the First
Church, (Congregational) of Concord, in 1S44, and
served as such till his death. He married Emily,
daughter of Moses and Rhoda (Carter) Farnum,
born July 15, 1803, died in 1885. Their children
were: George Edwin, born January ^25, 1834, died
young; Rhoda Carter, June 30, 1836, clied at the age
of twenty years; Charles Henry and Cyrus R., men-
tioned further below; Lewis C, September 28, 1846,
married Jane Tiffany and resides in McGregor,
Iowa; George Edwin, October 28, 1851, married
Josephine Jacobs, and resides in Ames, Iowa.

The lineage of Emily Farnum (wife of Deacon
Benjamin) is as follows: (5) Ephraim (3), elder
son of Ephraim (2) and Molly (Ingalls) Farnum,
w^as born September 21, 1733. probably in Concord,
and succeeded his father on the homestead, dividing
the farm with his brother and retaining the paternal
residence. He married Judith Hall, of Bradford,
Massachusetts, and their children were: Naomi,
John, Judith, Sarah, Moses, Esther and Susannah.

(6) Moses, second son and fifth child of Eph-
raim (3) and Judith (Hall) Farnum, was born Oc-
tober 20, 1769, in Concord, and married Rhoda
Carter, daughter of Ezra and Phebe (Whittemore)
Carter of West Concord. (See Carter, VI). After
her death he married her younger sister Esther, and
each bore him three children, namely : Hannala C,
Emily, Samuel, Moses H., Lavina and Jennett.

(7) Emily, second daughter and child of Moses
and Rhoda (Carter) Farnum, born July 15, 1803,
became the wife of Deacon Benjamin Farnum, her
second cousin, as above related.

(7) Moses Hall Farnum, fourth child of Moses
and eldest child of his second wife, Esther Carter,
was born February 3, 181 1, in West Concord, and
married Judith A. Kilburn in June, 1843. She died
February 28, 1868. She was a daughter of Enoch
and Betsey (Morse) Kilburw of Boscawen.
He filled most of the town offices, before
there was a city charter, and has served in
the council and board of alderman of the city. He
is still living in the house on the site of the one in
which he was born, and in possession of his faculties,
a most interesting man to meet, having exercised
an intelligent observation of events during his long
life. The house in which he was born, partly built
by his grandfather and partly by his father (in
which the latter was born), was burned about 1870,
and he built the present house upon the same site.
He has four children, namely : Franklin Burke, Ann
Elizabeth (see Charles H. Farnum, VIII), Edward
Everett and Ralph Perley. The last is a son of the
second wife, Ann (Hale), widow of Asa L. Pervier,
and daughter of Isaac Hale of Fra'nklin, New Hamp-

(8) Annie L. (Elizabeth), only daughter and
second child of Moses H. and Judith A. (Kilburn)
Farnum, born April 15, 1849, is the wife of Charles
Henry Farnum, subject of the following paragraph.

(VIII) Charles Henry, third child and second
son of Deacon Benjamin and Emily (Farnum)
Farnum, was born December 30, 1837, on the ancient
Farnum homestead, where his father, grandfather
and great-grandfather were born, near Rattlesnake
hill, and opposite the village of East Concord. He
attended the public schools of West Concord and
Concord, and an academy at New London, New
Hampshire, leaving school at the age of twenty
years. He aided in tilling the paternal acres until
he was twenty-three years old, and started out to
see something of the world and establish himself
in life. In i860 he went to California, and spent
three years in farming at Navata, in that state. For
the next five years he was located at Austin, Nevada,
where he operated a saw mill and engaged in freight-
ing. Having attained considerable success he felt
that he might enjoy a short vacation in visiting the
scenes of his childhood. His father being some-
what advanced in years, persuaded him to remain,
and he has since been engaged in tilling the home
farm, which embraces three hundred acres. It is
one of the finest in the Merrimac valley, embracing-
a large tract of intervale, where a straight furrow
of over half a mile may be turned, something typical
of the western plains. Like his father, he keeps
from forty to fifty head of cattle, including some
fine oxen, and a dairy of usually twenty cows. Mr.
Farnum is a genial and intelligent gentleman, who
has observed men and things in visits to many in-
teresting places, and takes a broad view of the world
and its people. By travel and reading he has become
well informed on topics of human interest, and is
able to carry on his part in conversation with other
cosmopolitans. He keeps abreast of the times, and




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entertains settled opinions on leading questions. A
sincere Republican, he supports consistently the
policy of his party, and has served as a member
of the city council. He supports religious work,
as exemplified by the West Concord Congregational
Church. Mr. Farnum was married, November 20,
1870. to Annie L. Farnum, daughter of Moses H.
and Judith A. (Kilburn) Farnum, of West Concord.
She was born in the second house north of her
present home, and has spent most of her life in the
immediate neighborhood. One daughter born to Mr.
and Mrs. Farnum died in babyhood. Surrounded
by congenial friends and relatives, they are spending
in quiet contentment and enjoyment of the fruits of
early industry, a most happy existence.

(VIII) Cyrus Rogers, fourth child and third son
of Deacon Benjamin and Emily (Farnum) Farnum,
was born in West Concord, July 21, 1842. At the
age of eighteen he left school and enlisted,' Novem-
ber 22, 1861, in Company F, Second Regiment,
United States Sharpshooters, and served until No-
vember 26, 1864. He was absent from home three
}-ears, and took part in the battles of Antietam, the
second Bull Run, the Wilderness, and several en-
gagements of less magnitude. Returning to the
Granite State he helped to till his father's acres one
year, and then, thirsting for the sort of adventure
the West then abundantly ai¥orded, he went to
Nevada and engaged in freighting between Austin
and other points in that vicinity, across the land of
mountains and deserts, at that time often infested
w^ith hostile bands of savages. After three and a
half jrears in that wild country he returned to Con-
cord, and in 1869 engaged in the transportation of
granite from the quarries on Rattlesnake Hill to the
railroad. In 1S70 he built a large set of buildings
on two acres of the paternal farm where he now
lives. Soon after he bought a farm of fifty acres
and began to till the soil. Since that time he has
acquired forty acres of intervale in Concord and one
hundred and twenty-five acres of pasture in Brad-
ford, and has a well tilled and stocked establishment,
and carries on mixed farming. For the past eight
years he has been road agent of the West Concord
district. His political afifiliations are with the Repub-
lican party. He is a member of Davis Post No. 44,
G. A. R., and worships at the West Parish Congre-
gational Church. Mr. Farnum was married, Jan-
uary 4, 1871, to Caroline Elizabeth Clough, born
October 26, 1845, daughter of Moses and Esther
Kimball (Farnum) Clough, of West Concord. Moses
Clough, son of Abel and Alice (Ferrin) Clough
was once station agent at West Concord. Mr. and
iNIrs. Farnum have a daughter and son. Fannie
Aloore, the elder, born October 28, 1871, married
John Dimond, and died August 2, 1903. She had
three children — Edna Cornelia, Carl S. and Blanche
Farnum. Carl Sumner, born December 26, 1902,
now lives with his maternal grandparents. Benja-
min H. Farnum, second child of Cyrus R., born
November 3, 1875, is unmarried and lives with his

(IV) Joseph, second son and child of Ephraim
(i) Farnum, born in Andover, Massachusetts, re-
moved to Penacook when a j'oung man and settled
about half a mile north of the east end of Long
Pond, where he was the first settler, and where he
died November i, 1792. He had a farm of two
hundred acres, and his home was one of the four on
Rattlesnake Plain, which stood near the present
track of the Concord & Claremount railroad, on the
road from West Concord to Hopkinton. He was
one of those assigned to duty in 1746 in the garrison
iv— 34

around the house of Henry Lovejoy, in the West
Parish village. March 21, 1747, he was assigned to
duty in the garrison around the house of Timothy
Walker. He held numerous otiices. He was hogreeve
in 1737 and 1739; lield-driver, 1742; fenceviewer,
1746; surveyor of highways, 1770-71-80-82; tything-
man, 1773-74; and was elected selectman at the first
"legal meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants
of Concord," held on January 21, 1766. June 23,
1785, Captain Joseph Farnum was appointed one
of a "committee to lay out Main street," Concord.
He is mentioned as one of those who, like Rev.
Timothy Walker, maintained the ancient style of
dress, including a cocked hat, after it had generally
gone out of use. Captain Joseph Farnum is also
mentioned as among "the ancient men who sat in
the 'old man's seat' " in the church. He married Zer-
viah Hoit, daughter of Abner and Mary (Blaisdell)
Hoit (see Hoit, IV), and they had ten children:
Joseph, Stephen, Betsey, Daniel, Abner, Atha, Zer-
viah, Mary, Susan and Jacob.

(V) Stephen, second son and child of Joseph
and Zerviah (Hoit) P'arnum, was born in Rumford
(now Concord) August 24, 1742, and resided on the
home farm. He was tythingman 1780; surveyor of
highways six years, between 1784 and 1800; petit
juror, 1792; and constable, 1794. Stephen Farnum,
and John his cousin, killed a bear at Horse Hill.
While the bear was engaged in defending himself
against the dog, Stephen clenched him by the ears
and John beat his brains out with a pitch-pine knot.
He married Martha Hall, and they were the parents
of six children : David, Stephen, Phebe, Isaac,
Simeon and Judith. (Mention of Isaac and Simeon
appears in this article).

(VI) Stephen (2), second son and child of Ste-
phen (i) and Martha (Hall) Farnum, was borrj
September 20, 1771, and was among the first settlers
of Rumford, Maine. He married Susan Jackman,
of Boscawen, and had the following children : Reu-
ben, Simeon, George, Stephen, Anson, Lucinda, Susan
and Patty. The last named became the wife of Cap-
tain Abiel C. Carter. (See Carter, VIII).

(VI) Isaac, third son and fourth child of Stephen
and Martha (Hall) Farnum, was born December
I, 1778, and died January 26, 1875, aged ninety-six.
He was a successful farmer and a man of influence

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