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ing spring and temporarily re-entered the shop at
Hampstead, where he could for a short time earn
more money than elsewhere, intending to enter col-
lege in the fall. He was, however, soon asked ta
teach the village school at home; and he could not
refuse, remembering the great satisfaction he derived
from his first term's experience at teaching, being also
aware that the conditions of his purse and health
were not what they should be for entrance upon a
four years' course at college. Further experience in
teaching was so enjoyable to Mr. Buck, he conclud-
ed before the opening of another college year to
make teaching his life work, and consequently gave
up both the college course and his intention of
studying law.

After teaching other schools in New Plampshire,
at Danville and Pelham, Mr. Buck established a
private high school at Penningtonville, Pennsylvania,
in the spring of 1863. This school became highly
prosperous, and he there had the satisfaction of
fitting several pupils for college who afterwards
became prominent in Pennsylvania life. Owing
to the decease of his wife and the consequent re-
moval of his infant son to Hampstead, New Hamp-
shire, Mr. Buck sold his private school, in the fali
of 1867, and immediately became principal of the
public high school at Cohasset, Massachusetts. He
taught there about a year and a half, and the school
committee publich^ pronounced his service as "very
satisfactory" ; but in April, 1869, he had a call at a
higher salary to the principalship of the "Inter-
mediate" school in Manchester, New Hampshire.
He at once accepted the call, but chiefly because of
the better outlook there. In seven months Mr.
Buck was promoted to the principalship of the
Spring street grammar school, where he taught till
the fall of 1874. when he was promoted to the prin-
cipalship of a new school in the then new Ash
street schoolhouse. He taught this school till April,^
1877, when he was given a superior promotion by
being chosen superintendent of public instruction
for the city of Manchester, which position he held
till July I. 1900. He tendered his resignation, on
account of poor health. May 4, 1900, and it was ac-
cepted subject to the retention of his services till
the close of the spring term.' This record shows
that Mr. Buck was teacher eighteen years and su-
perintendent twenty-three years, and that his work
durin.g all these forty-one years was highlj' efiicient
and satisfactory is amply evidenced by his repeated
promotions as teacher and his long retention as .su-
perintendent. His merit was recognized by Dart-
mouth College when, in 1886, it conferred upon him
the honorary degree of Master of Arts. Upon Mr.
Buck's withdrawal from the superintendency, Man-
chester's corps of teachers publicly expressed kind
personal regards, and high appreciation of his serv-
ice, by presenting him with a beautiful and costly
hall clock, to the purchase price of which testi-
monial every member of the corps made contribution.
Mr. Buck made a feeling response, in which he ex-



pressed much satisfaction that there had ever been
between them and himself mutual feelings of con-
fidence and respect, and an official loyalty to one
another that had largely contributed to the success
of the schools.

In his earlier manhood Superintendent Buck be-
longed to several fraternal societies ; but after twen-
ty years of conscientious devotion to the growing in-
terests of the schools under his care, he found his
health so impaired that it was necessary for him to
forego other responsibilities than those pertaining to
his family and the schools under his supervision.
The result was that outside associations were re-
linguished and thereby opportunity was afforded him
successfully to continue his chosen life work for an-
other score of years which terminated in 1900 by his
resignation on account of physical disability, as be-
fore said.

December 29, 1864, William Ela Buck married
Helen Meribah Putnam, onlv daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Putnam, of Hampstead, New Hamp-
shire. She was born there May 28, 1841 ; and died
in Penningtonville, Pennsylvania, October 30, 1865.
They had one child, William Putnam Buck, who was
born at Penningtonville, October 2, 1865 ; and at
this writing resides in Denver, Colorado.

July 16, 1872, William Ela Buck married Har-
riet Ann Mack, the elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel Kendrick Mack, of Manchester, New Hamp-
shire. She was born there October 27, 1848; and at
this writing resides iai Manchester. They have had
six children, as follows : George Kendrick, born Sep-
tember 9, 1874. graduated from Williams College,
1896. Walter French, born January 3, 1876, gradu-
ated from New Hampshire State College, 1897. Bur-
ton Winthrop, born January 19, 1878, graduated
from Dartmouth College. 1900. Arthur Ela, born
January 28, 1880, graduated from Dartmouth Col-
lege, 1901. Edward Morris, born November 4, 1882,
died July 12, 1883. Helen Isabella, born October 29,
1883, graduated from Mount Holyoke College, 1905.

Probably few New England names
SAWTELLE have shown greater variation in
the spelling and pronunciation
than has this. Sartel, Sattell, Sautell, Sautle, Sare-
tell, Sartwell, Sortwell, Sawtel are some of the
peculiarities found in the ancient records. The
most general form of usage in the first five genera-
tions was Sawtell, but in more recent times one
letter has been added, giving the present form.

(I) Richard Sawtell, the ancestor of many
families bearing the name in New England and
elsewhere, was a native of England. He was a
resident and a proprietor of Watertown, Massachu-
setts, previous to 1637. Subsequently he was one
of the first settlers and a proprietor of Groton,
Massachusetts, and was the clerk of the town dur-
ing the first three years after its incorporation in
1662. He was active and prominent in Watertown
and in Groton. He died August 2, 1694, and his
wife Elizabeth survived him a little more than two
months, dyng October 18, of the same year. Their
children were : Obadiah, Elizabeth, Jonathan,
Mary, Hannah, Zaccharia, Enoch, John, Ruth and

(II) Obadiah, eldest child of Richard and
Elizabeth Sawtell, resided in the town of Groton
and is honorably mentioned in the records of the
town. But few items of his family history are
recorded. It is shown, however, that his wife's
name was Hannah, and that he had children, Oba-
diah and Abigail.

(III) Obadiah (2), son of Obadiah (i) and

Hannah Sawtelle, was born about 1650, in Gro-
ton, and lived in that town where he died March
20, 1740, as shown by his headstone. He married
Hannah Lawrence, who was born March 24, 1761,
a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Cripe) Law-
rence. The births and baptizms of their six children
are recorded in Groton, namely: Elnathan, Josiah,
Hannah, Abigail, Obadiah and Hezekiah.

(IV) Hezekiah, youngest child of Obadiah (2)
and Hannah (Lawrence) Sawtelle, was born March
2, 1703, and probably passed his entire life in
Groton. His descendants are very numerous. He
married Joanna Wilson and their eleven children
were born between 1724 and 1747. He died March
II. 1779. and was survived more than several years
by his widow, who died September 11, 1786.

(V) Ephraim, son of Hezekiah and Joanna
(Wilson) Sawtelle, was born January 18, 1734, and
was married December 22, 1757, to Abigail Stone,
who was born December 2, 1736, daughter of Dea-
con James and Abigail (Farwell) Stone, of Groton.
His children were: Abigail, Lucy, Josiah (died
young) Molly, Eli, Josiah, Ephraim and Sarah.

(VI) Eli, second son and fifth child of Ephraim
and Abigail (Stone) Sawtelle, was born Novem-
ber 26, 1765, in Groton, and settled in Brookline,
New Hampshire, where he cleared up and developed
a farm. He married Lydia Hunt, who was born
April 20, 1769, in Tewkesbury, Massachusetts,
daughter of John and Lydia (Thorndyke) Hunt.
She was the youngest of the six children of her
parents. Their children were: Mary, Lydia,
Isaac, John, Eli, Eldad, Joseph, Ithamar, Abigail.

(VII) Joseph, fourth son of Eli and Lydia
(Hunt) Sawtelle, was born at Brookline, New
Hampshire, April 22, 1804. He was a farmer and
surveyor. He was active in the affairs of the
town, and was a man of substance and standing
in the community. He 'held all the town offices,
was selectman for many years, and represented
Brookline in the legislature. He was a member of
the Unitarian Church. He married Catherine,
daughter of Eli Parker, of Brookline. They had
three children; two died young. Joseph Sawtelle
died at his home in Brookline, March 8, 1883.

(VIII) Ellen Catherine, daughter and only
child to attain maturity of Joseph and Catherine
(Parker) Sawtelle, was born in Brookline, New
Hampshire, March 16, 1843. She was educated in
the public schools of her native town and at Mc-
Collom Institute, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire,
and at the normal school at Salem, Massachusetts.
Miss _ Sawtelle has become one of the most dis-
tinguished educators who has ever gone forth from
New Hampshire. In 1864 she entered the Hancock
School of Boston, Massachusetts, with which she
has been connected ever since. Few teachers can
show a longer term of service. She became prin-
cipal in 1904, and now conducts a school of sixty-
two teachers and two thousand four hundred

Many of the Lords of New Hampshire
LORD trace their descent to Robert, the immi-
grant, who since he settled in New Eng-
land before 1650, is entitled to be called a pioneer.
Sterling worth and upright character have been at-
tributes of the Lords as a family, and many of
them have attained positions of prominence in man-
ufactures, trade and the professions.

(I) Robert Lord, the immigrant, was born in
England in 1603, and appears to have been the son
of widow Catherine Lord, who was residing in
Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1637, and was a com-



moner in 1641. Robert Lord took the freeman's
oath at Boston, March 3, 1636. His house lot on
High street was granted to him February 19, 1637.
In 1639 he had a houselot on High street, which
property yet remains a possession of his descend-
ants. He was one of Denison's subscribers in 1648;
had a share in Plum Island, in 1664; and was a
voter in town affairs in 1679. He was on a com-
mittee with Richard Saltonstall and others, em-
powered to grant houselots to settlers, in 1645. He
was representative in 163S; selectman in 1661 and
many years after; and was appointed "searcher of
coin" for the town of Ipswich in 1654. He was
long town clerk, and also clerk of the court till his
decease. The latter olifice included the duties now
performed by the clerk of probate and register of
deeds. He served more than twenty years in the
Indian wars and became so inured to camp life and
exposure that he could never afterwards sleep upon
a feather bed. He is said to have been below the
medium stature, but of powerful mould and one of
the most athletic, strong, and fearless men in the
Colonial service. There is a tradition that the In-
dians themselves at one time, when confronted by
Lord's rangers, proposed to decide the battle that
was anticipated by an encounter between the cham-
pions of the two parties ; to this the whites agreed,
and Robert Lord walked to the front. The In-
dians selected the most powerful of their tribe, a
perfect giant, full seven feet in stature. The two
men were to meet at full run and take the "Indian
hug" as they closed. The savages anticipated an
easy victory. They came together like two infur-
iated bullocks with a tremendous shock, but in an
instant the redskin lay stretched upon the earth, and
the shouts of the Colonial scouts rang out in the
forest. Not satisfied with a single experiment, they
were required to rush and clinch again. In this en-
counter Lord took the "hip-lock" on his greasy an-
tagonist and threw him with such force that a blood
vessel was ruptured in the fall. The Indians took
him up and carried him from the arena, fully ac-
knowledging themselves defeated; they afterward
reported that some whiteman's devil invested Lord
with supernatural strength. He died i\ugust 12,
1683, in the eightieth year of his age. His will,
dated June 28, was proved September 25, 1683. He
married Mary Waite in 1630. In his will he men-
tions his wife, Mary, "with whom by God's good
providence we have lived comfortably together in a
married condition almost fifty-three years." He
bequeaths her all his estate during her life. Their
children were : Robert, Sarah, Nathaniel, Thomas,
Samuel, Susannah, Abigail, Hannah, and one who
married a Chendler.

(II) Robert (2), eldest son of Robert (r) and
Mary (Waite) Lord, was born in 1631, and died
November 11, 1696, aged sixty-five years. He had
a share in Plum Island in 1664, was a voter in town
afifairs in 1679, and was one of twenty-four of "the
young generation," who joined the church by taking
the covenant, between January 18 and February i,
1673. He was a selectman, and held other offices
in the town of Ipswich, being marshal of the court
as early as 1669, and holding that office ten j-ears.
He is usually designated Marshal Lord. He mar-
ried Hannah Day, who survived him. Their sons
were : Robert, John, Thomas, James, Joseph and

(III) Thomas, third son of Robert (2) and
Hannah (Day) Lord, married, May 24, 1686, Mary
Brown. Their children were: Thomas, John,
Jonadab, Mary and Robert.

(IV) John, second son and child of Thomas
and Mary (Brown) Lord, settled in the town of
Exeter, New Hampshire, and on October 31, 1712,
married Abigail Oilman, who was born July 24, 1693,
daughter of Moses and Anne Oilman, by whom he
had sixteen children: Anne, John (died young),
Mary, Abiel, Robert (died young), John (died
young), Edmund, Abigail, John, Robert (died
young), Elizabeth (died young), Jonathan, Eliphalet,
Robert, Samuel and Elizabeth.

(V) Robert (3). ninth son and fourteenth child
of John and Abigail (Oilman) Lord, was born in
Exeter, April 8, 1733, and died in 1801. He was a
farmer in Exeter and lived there in a garrison
house during the Revolutionary war. Robert Lord
is credited in the Revolutionary War Rolls of New
Hampshire with service in Captain Peter Coffin's
company of minute-men, mustered by Joseph Cilley,
muster master at Portsmouth, November 24, 1775.
He married a Miss Crane, of 'Sanbornton, and they
had ten children: Hannah, John, Deborah, Abigail,
Anna, Robert, Samuel, James, Nathaniel and Polly.

(VI) Robert (4), sixth child and second son of
Robert (3) Lord, was born in Exeter, and removed
to Ossipee, where he dwelt the remainder of his life.
He married, September 30, 1789, Mary Davis, of
Poplin, and they had : Robert and Abigail, and

(VII) Robert (5), third son of Robert (4) and
Mary (Davis) Lord, was a farmer and resided in
Ossipee. He married Nancy Ooldsmith, and her
line of descent is as follows :

(1) Richard Goldsmith, who was a grantee of
land in Wenham. JNIassachusetts, June 23, 1644, ^'^'^s
killed by lightning May 18, 1673. His .wife's bap-
tismal name was Mary.

(2) Zacheus, son of Richard and Mary Oold-
smith, was born in 1662, and died October 30, 1747.
He married Martha Hutton, of Wenham.

(3) Zacheus (2), son of Zacheus (i) and
Martha (Hutton) Goldsmith, was born April 7,
1701. He removed from Wenham to Ipswich, and
thence to Essex, Massachtisetts. He married, De-
cember 14, 1724, Tabitha Dodge, who died October
8, 1726. He married (second) Mehitable Kimball.

(4) John, son of Zacheus (2) Ooldsmith. was
born in Wenham, February 23, 1736. He was a
soldier in the Revolutionary war, and served in Cap-
tain Dodge's company, of Colonel Little's regiment.
He married, in Ipswich, March 11, 1761, Martha
Lamson, and in 1777 settled in Ossipee. New Hamp-

(5) Benjamin, son of John and Martha (Lam-
son) Goldsmith, was born March 13, 1764, and died
May I, 1841. He married Abigail Rogers, and their
daughter Nancy married Robert Lord, as above
stated. Their children were: John R., Alvah, Mary
R., Francis H., William H., Jesse and Vesta. (Fran-
cis H. is mentioned at length in this article).

(VIII) Alvah, second son and child of Robert
(5) and Nancy (Goldsmith) Lord, was born in
Ossipee. He was a farmer. In politics he was a
Democrat, and in religious faith an Adventist. He
married Betsey Moody, and they had two children:
Edwin Francis and William Henry.

(IX) Edwin Francis, son of Alvah and Betsey
(Moody) Lord, was born in Tamworth about 1852.
He was a successful farmer. He voted the Demo-
cratic ticket, but had no taste for politics and pre-
ferred the independence of life he enjoyed as a
farmer to all the official positions he might have
been elected to. He was an Adventist in religion
and a faithful worker in his church. He married,



1872, in Moultonboro, Julia A. Hodsdon, daughter
of Eliza Hodsdon, of Moultonboro. Two children
were born to them : Lester W. and Ralph S.

(X) Lester Winslow Lord M. D., son of Ed-
win F. and Julia A. (Hodsdon) Lord, was born in
Tamworth, October 2. 1874, and at an early age
showed an aptitude for study and an ambition for
knowledge. He entered the Nute high school at
Milton at sixteen years of age, and two years later
passed the examination required before entering
Bowdoin College, but he did not enter college until
1894. After completing the freshman year in the
literary course he became a student at the Baltimore
Medical College, from which he graduated in 1897,
having taken a four years' course in three years.
He began practice in Tamworth, New Hampshire,
in 1897, and remained there until 1899, except while
absent studying dentistry at the American Dental
College of Chicago, practicing medicine while there.
At the outbreak of the war with Spain he was ap-
pointed assistant surgeon with the rank of first
lieutenant. He spent the greater part of his term of
service in the Philippines with General Funston's
and General Otis' commands, in the Ninth Regiment
of infantry, whose colonel was E. N. Liscum, later
killed in the Chinese campaign, who was a warm
personal friend of Dr. Lord. Dr. Lord took part in
some of the campaigns of the war and was in that
famous advance of the Ninth Infantry in pursuit of
Aguinaldo. He participated in many running bat-
tles and skirmishes, notable among them being the
engagement at Tarlac, Luzon. In 1899, when or-
dered to the Philippines, he went via the Suez canal
and the Mediterranean sea, visiting various parts of
Asia, Africa and Europe on the voyage. In 1902,
while still in the service, he sailed from Manila,
Philippine Islands, and visited Japan. At the close
of his term of service he returned to the United
States, and took a course in the Ohio Institute of
Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1903. He
also took a course in advanced ophthalmology in
Golden Cross College, Chicago, taking his diploma
in 1905. In 1903 he resumed his professional prac-
tice, bought and rebuilt an old grocery store at
West Ossipee and converted it into a drug store,
adding a splendidly equipped operating room, and
making surgery a specialty. The thoroughness and
care which characterized his work while in the army
rapidly built up his practice, and recently he has
added a new and larger operating room which is as
near perfect for the work for which it is designed
as modern equipment can make it.

He is a member of Manila Lodge, No. 342, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Manila, Philippine
Islands ; Passaconaway Lodge, No. 84, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of Tamworth ; Syracuse
Lodge, No. 27. Knights of Pythias, of Sanbornville,
and Charles N. Willey Commandery, No. 25, Uni-
form Rank, and is also captain and assistant sur-
geon of the First Brigade of the Uniform Rank,
Knights of Pythias, and member of Dover Lodge,
No. 184, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Dr. Lord is a fellow of the American University
Association, vice-president of the Association of
Physicians and Surgeons of America, member of
the Association of Military Surgeons of the United
States, Carroll County and New Hampshire Medical
societies, and New Hampshire Pharmaceutical So-
ciety. He is an active member of that exclusive
military brotherhood, the Military Order of the
Carabao, which claims as members Otis, Funston,
Wheaton, Grant, Bell. Chaffee, of the regular army,
and of the Regular Army and Navy Union. He
married, in October, 1906, Rena A. Thompson, of

Lawrence, Massachusetts, who was born in Law-
rence, January 6, 1880, daughter of Joseph and
Margaret (Kenyon) Thompson.

(VIII) Francis Hubbard, fourth child and third
son of Robert, Jr., and Nancy (Goldsmith) Lord,
was born in Ossipee, April 6, 1825. In his earlier
life he was engaged in agriculture and was also a
drover. Later he became a dealer in lumber and
timber lands. He married, in 1887, Hannah Blais-
dell, who was born in Tamworth, New Hampshire,
1835, daughter of Stetson and Sally (Emery) Blais-
dell. (See Blaisdell. VIII). The children of this
marriage are: Frank Stetson, Addie L. and Efifie.
Frank S. is the subject of the next paragraph.
Addie L. was born in Ossnpee, July 21, 1862, and
was educated at Fryeburg, Maine. She married
George F. Mclndoe, and resides in Dorchester,
Massachusetts. She is a member of the New Hamp-
shire Daughters, and Daughters of the Revolution.
Effie, who was born in Ossipee, September 22, 1873,
was educated in Fryeburg, Maine, and Roxbury,
Massachusetts, and is now a stenographer at the
Boston Exchange.

(IX) Frank Stetson, only son of Francis H.
and Hannah (Blaisdell) Lord, was born in Ossipee,
April 18, 1858, and obtained his education in ' New
Hampton, New Hampshire, Poughkeepsie, New
York, and New York City. He taught school, and
was a member of the school board of Ossipee for
several years. He is a civil engineer and subse-
quently was employed in making various surveys
and in engineering enterprises in the states of
Maine, New Hampshire. Vermont, Massachusetts,
New York, North Carolina and Florida. In 1883
he became a real estate dealer and lumber manu-
facturer, operating mills at Albany, West Albany,
Bartlett, West Ossipee, and Tamworth, and doing a
large and profitable business. In politics Mr. Lord
is a Republican and for a time took an active part
in politics, holding various town offices and serving
as county commissioner for six years. In 1906 he
was offered the nomination for another term, but
declined it on account of the amount of his private
business. He was elected to the state senate in
1906, and served at the following meeting of the
general court on the most important committees.
He is fraternal and a member of various orders.
He is a member of Saco Valley Lodge, No-. 21,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of Ossipee
Valley Lodge, No. 74, Free and Accepted Masons;
Columbia Royal Arch Chapter, No. 18, of Farming-
ton ; and St. Paul Commandery, Knights Templar,
of Dover.

(Second Family.)
The family under consideration in this
LORD article has been distinguished by men and
women of brains, has included scholars
and divines, and is still contributing much to the
progress of the nation along uplifting lines. It is
undoubtedly of English origin, but the place of
birth of the first ancestor or the exact time of his
coming" to America has not been discovered. It has
been conspicuous in New Hampshire and is still so.
(I) Nathan Lord is found of record in Kittery^
Maine, as early as 1652, when he with others signed
an agreement as follows : "We, whose names are
underwritten, do acknowledge ourselves subject tc^
the government of Massachusetts Bay in New Eng-
land." There can be no doubt that he was English,
as that locality was settled at that time exclusively
by English people. Nathan Lord was a planter and
appears to have dealt in real estate. Previous to
1662 he was located in a district called Sturgeon's
Creek, where he received a grant of land. This



location is now in the town of Elliott, once a part
of ancient Kittery. Alter 1662 Nathan Lord seems
to have owned a homestead at or near what is now
called Mt. Pleasant, in South Berwick. In 1676,
with his son and namesake, he took possession of
an estate of seventj-seven acres, on which was a
house and barn, and this was held about five years
in joint ownership, when the father transferred his
right and title to his son. This was located in the
district known as Oldfields in South Berwick. Upon
this place a garrison was maintained during the
Indian troubles, and was occupied as a residence as

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