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partnership with H. H. Merrill, and Mr. Brown
was with them until he bought out the business of
Freeman & Merrill, 1895, and he conducted the busi-
ness successfully until 1900, when he sold it to his
son. Arthur S. Brown. During this time Mr. Brown
and O. ]\I. Titus, as partners, built the ]\lilford
railroad from Milford to Manchester. :Mr. Brown
is a Republican, and attends the Baptist Church.

He was an orderly sergeant in the State Capital
Guards from 1877 to 1880. In 1888 he became a
member of the Amoskeag Veterans, and since 1893
has been color sergeant of that organization. With
the Guards he was present at the laying of the
corner stone of the Bennington (Vermont) Monu-
ment, 1877; at the dedication of this monument,
1888; at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chi-
cago, 1893, and in fact attended all the affairs of
this organization since becoming a member. He was
a member of Queen City Lodge, No. 2,2, Knights of
Pythias; Lodge No. 146, Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks; Uncanoonuc Court, No. 1962, Inde-
pendent Order of Foresters, and Ben Franklin
Lodge, No. I. American Mechanics. Parker R.
Brown married, in Manchester, Angle Straw, born
in Manchester, 1856, daughter of Daniel Felch
and Lucretia Ann Straw. She died in 1885 (see
Straw). They had one child, Arthur Straw Brown,
of whom later.

(HI) Arthur Straw, only child of Parker R.
and Angle (Straw) Brown, was born in Manchester,
April 3, 1879. He was educated in the common
and high schools of Manchester and at Bryant &
Stratton's Business College. He learned the flour
and grain business while assisting his father in that
line. At the age of twenty-one he purchased his
father's business, which he has since conducted with
success, and has now one of the leading flour and
grain stores in Manchester. He is a thirty-second
degree JMason, and a member of the following named
Masonic bodies : Washington Lodge. No. 61 ;
Mount Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, No. 11; Adoni-
ram Council, No. 3, Royal and Select Masters ;
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, and Ed-
ward A. Raymond Consistory, Sublime Princes of
the Royal Secret, the last named of Nashua. He is
also a member of Bektash Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Concord, and
is a call member of the Manchester Fire Department.

Arthur S. Brown married, November 6, 1900,
in Manchester. Ina Grace, daughter of Dana Elmer
and Anna Maria (Stewart) Brown, of Hillsborough,
and granddaughter of Stephen A. Brown, formerly
a prominent citizen of Hillsborough, and a lead-
ing ]\Iason of the state. Mrs. Arthur S. Brown has
taken an active part in the Rebekahs, and is now
(1907) a vice-grand of that order. Both Mr. and
Rlrs. Brown are active members of Ruth Chapter,
No. 16, Order of the Eastern Star, Mrs. Brown
having been treasurer for two years, 1906 and

James Brown, a native of Westteny,
BROWN England, and a jack-spinner by oc-
cupation, married Sarah Curtis, and
reared a family of seven children, namely : Ham,
William, Jeremiah, Sarah, Caroline, Ann and Ox-

(II) Jeremiah, third son and child of James
and Sarah (Curtis) Brown, was born in England,
in 1809. He was educated in a school conducted
under the auspices of the Established Church of
England. Having served a long and arduous ap-
prt.nticeship in a woolen mill, he acquired unusual
proficiency in both the carding and spinning depart-
ments, and eventually became an overseer in a large
manufactory of woollen goods. In 1854 he came to
the United States, and locating in Franklin, New
Hampshire, was employed as a spinner in that town
for two years, and at the expiration of that time he
returned to England, where his death occurred
about 188 1, at the age of seventy-two years. He



married for his first wife Eva Reeves, who died in
1842, and he was again married two years later to
Mary Wickton. He was the father of six children:
Adam, Martin, Mary, Jane, Sarah and George, all
of his first union.

(Ill) George, youngest son of Jeremiah and
Eva (Reeves) Brown, was born in England No-
vember II, 1836. After concluding his attendance
at the public schools he was employed in a woollen
mill for two years, and having accompanied his
father to America he remained on this side of the
ocean. He resided in Franklin for two years, go-
ing from there to Portsmouth, where he remained
two years, and for the ensuing se-ven years he
worked in the Amesbury Mills, in Amesbury,
Massachusetts. Some forty years ago he purchased
a farm in Candia, and has ever since resided in that
town, devoting the greater part of his time to
agricultural pursuits. Politically he is a Republi-
can, and in his religious faith he is an Episcopal-
ian. In 1854 he was united in marriage with Eliza
Martin, daughter of James and Ann (Sawyer)
Martin, of England. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are the
parents of three children: i. James H., born in
1855. He is a farmer in Candia. He married
first Annie Pettingill, and they had a daughter
Emma, who married George Smith, and who had
two children. He married second, Mary Leach, and
they had three children : Walter, Mary, Clara. He
married third, . 2. Jane, born 1857, mar-
ried Thomas Clough, of Lakeport, and they had two
children, Ethel and Frank, both of whom married,
and each has two children. 3. George E., born
1863, a farmer in Candia ; married Grace Kim-
ball, and they have two sons, George and Al-

Order of Odd Fellows, and the Independent Order
of Foresters. He united with the Methodist Episco-
pal Church at East Colebrook, in 1894.

(i) Moses Brown, who was born
BROWN in Landaff, New Hampshire, in 1824,
went to reside in Colebrook, this
state, during his boyhood, and was reared upon a
farm in that town. He was an industrious farmer,
an upright, conscientious man, and a most estim-
able citizen. His interest in the moral and religious
welfare of the community was frequently manifested,
and for many years he served as a deacon of the
Christian Church. He married Abigail Stevens,
daughter of James Stevens, of Colebrook, and had
a family of six children, three of whom are now
living, namely: William M., a resident of Lan-
caster; Irving Charles, a clergyman of Salisbury,
Massachusetts ; and Elmer F., who is again referred
to in the succeeding paragraph. The others were :
Abbie, Dencie and Ida.

(II) Elmer Frederick Brown, M. D., youngest
son and child of Moses and Abigail (Stevens)
Brown, was born in Colebrook, July 16, 1868. His
early education was acquired in the public schools
and at the Colebrook Academy, and after the
completion of his studies }ie taught school, tilled
the soil and was otherwise employed for some time.
His professional preparations were pursued at the
Baltimore (Maryland) Medical College, from which
he was graduated in April, 1897, and in the follow-
ing June he located in Groveton, where he has ever
since been engaged in the general practice of

Although not active in politics, Dr. Brown is
interested in civic affairs, especially in all matters
relative to public education, and has served with
ability for three years upon the school board of
Colebrook. He is a member of the New Hampshire
State and the Coos County Medical societies, the
American Medical Association, the Independent

The name is spelled in a variety of
PHILLIPS forms, and is of ancient and classical
origin, being derived from the Greek
Philos-hippos, or horse lover. In Wales and other
parts of Great Britain its use as a surname has
continued for a long period, evidently for five hun-
dred years, and perhaps much longer.

Families and individuals of this name began to
emigrate from the Old World at a very early date
in the history of this country, as early as 1630, and
some a little earlier, and located at different points
rlear the seacoast, but more especially in New Eng-
land. From that time to the present they have
continued to multiply and spread, by natural causes
and by emigration, until now they are to be found
in every state from Maine to California. A recent
writer has said : "A Phillips crossed the water
with John Winthrop, and from him descended a
long line of ministers, judges, governors, and
councilors — a sterling race, temperate, just, and
high-minded." The Phillips here referred to is
Rev. George Phillips, of Watertown, Massachu-
setts, from whom are descended five divisions of this
family, so marked by long continued residence in
particular localities, that they might well be
designated as distinctive branches. From this
"eaidiest advocate of the Congregational order and
discipline," have sprung men who have stood at
the head of great financial institutions, honored each
of the learned professions, and taken front rank
as patriots, leaders and benefactors of mankind.
As promoters of learning they stand in the front
rank of the earlier New England history. Hon.
Samuel Phillips, Hon. John Phillips and . Judge
Samuel Phillips founded Phillips Academy at An-
dover, which was incorporated by an act of the
legislature in 1780, being the first academy so
incorporated in .America. Six months later Dr.
John Phillips, of Exeter, secured the incorporation
of Phillips Exeter Academy. "In Brechin Hall at
Andover, the library of the theological school, in
the great halls of the academies at Andover and
Exeter, and in Memorial Hall at Harvard College,
one may see hanging upon the wall portraits of one
and another man and woman of this family, which
belongs among the untitled nobility of New Eng-
land, representing the best element of life there —
not that which always dwells in the brightest glare
of publicity, but that which directs and shapes the
current of public opinion."

(I) Rev. George Phillips, the first minister of
Watertown, Massachusetts, son of Christopher
Phillips, of Rainham, was born about 1593, at Rain-
ham, St. Martins, near Rougham, in the hundred
(or district) of Gallow, county of Norfolk, Eng-
land. He graduated as B. A. from Gonville and
Cains College, Cambridge, 1613, and received the
degree of M. A., 1617. "He gave early inxlications
of deep piety, uncommon talents, and love of learn-
ing, and at 'the university distinguished himself by
his remarkable progress in learning, especially in
theological studies for which he manifested an early
partiality." He was settled for a time in the
ministry in Suffolk county, but suffering from the
storm of persecution which then threatened the
non-conformists of England, he determined to leave
the mother country and take his lot with the Puri-
tans. He embarked for America on April 12, 1630,
in the "Arabella," with his wife and two children,
as fellow-passengers with Governor Winthrop and



Sir Richard Saltonstall, and arrived at Salem on
June 12. Here his wife soon died, and was buried
by the side of Lady Arabella Johnson, both evi-
dently being unable to endure the hardships and
exposure incident to a tedious ocean voyage. He
soon located at Watertown, and without delay set-
tled over the church in that place, which was
called together in July. At the court of assistants,
August 23, 1630, it was "ordered that Mr. Phillips
shall have allowed him 3 hogsheads of meale, i
hogshead of malte, 4 bushells of Indian corn, i
bushell of oat-meale, halfe an hundred of salte
fish." Another statement from the same source
says 'Mr. Phillips hath 30 ac of land grannted him
vpp Charles Ryver on the South side." His first
residence was burned before the close of the year.
There is a tradition that his later residence is still
standing "opposite the ancient burial ground, back
from the road." He continued to be the pastor of
this church, greatly respected and beloved, till
his death fourteen years after his arrival. He
died at the age of fifty-one years, July i, and was
buried July 2, 1644. "He was the earliest advocate
of the Congregational order and discipline. His
views were for a time regarded as novel, suspicious
and extreme, and he, with his ruling elder, Mr.
Richard Brown, stood almost unaided and alone,
until the arrival of Mr. John Cotton, maintaining
what was and still is the Congregationalism of New
England. It is not now easy to estimate the ex-
tent and importance of the influence of Mr. Phillips
in giving form and character to the civil and
ecclesiastical institutions of New England." His
name appears on the list of those who were ad-
mitted freemen. May 18, 1631, which is the earliest
date of any such admission. His inventory
amounted to five hundred fifty pounds, two shillings
and nine pence, a sum, allowing for the difference
in commercial value between that time and the
present, equivalent at least to seven or eight thou-
sand dollars. His library was valued at seventy-one
pounds, nine shillings and nine pence. He married
(first) a daughter of Richard Sargent, and (sec-
ond) Elizabeth, probably the widow of Captain
Robert Welden. She died in Watertown, June 27,
1681. The children (by the first marriage) were:
Samuel and Elizabeth ; by the second marriage ;
Zerobabel, Jonathan, Theophilus, Annabel, Ephraim,
Obadiah and Abigail.

(II) Rev. Samuel (2), oldest child and only
son of Rev. George Phillips, was born in England,
1625, probably at Boxstead, in the county of Suf-
folk, graduated at Harvard College, 1650, settled in
Rowley in 165 1. as colleague of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers.
"He was highly esteemed for his piety and talents,
which were of no common order, and he was emi-
nently useful both at home and abroad." He
married, in October, 1651, Sarah Appleton, born in
Reydon, England, 1629, daughter of Samuel Apple-
ton. He died April 22, 1696, "greatly beloved and
lamented," and his widow died July 15, 1714. Her
funeral sermon was preached by her grandson, Rev.
Samuel Phillips, of South Andover, in which he
said. "She was an early seeker of God, and spent
much of her time daily in reading the word and in
prayer. She took care of her children's souls. She
was always humble and penitent, and as she lived,
so she died, depending on Christ for righteousness
and salvation." Their remains repose in the ancient
burying ground at Rowley. Some of their de-
scendants have been among the most distinguished
of New England people for their intellectual talents,
piety, benevolence, and public services. Their

eleven children were : Samuel, died young ; Sarah,
Samuel, George, Elizabeth, died young; Ezekiel,
George, Elizabeth, Dorcas, Mary and John.

(HI) Samuel (2), third child and second son
of Samuel (i) and Sarah (Appleton) Phillips, was
born in Rowley, March 23, 1658, and removed to
Salem where he followed the occupation of gold-
smith, and died October 13, 1722, aged sixty-five.
He married (first) May 26, 1687, Mary Emerson,
daughter of Rev. John and Ruth (Symonds) Emer-
son, of Gloucester, and granddaughter of Deputy
Governor Samuel Symonds of Ipswich. She died
October 4, 1703, aged forty-two. He married (sec-
ond) 1704, Mrs. Sarah (Pickman) Mayficld. Chil-
dren all by the first wife, except the eighth : Pati-
ence, died very young; Samuel, Sarah, Mary, Ruth,
Elizabeth, John and Patience.

(IV) Rev. Samuel (3), second child and eld-
est son of Samuel (2) and Mary (Emerson) Phil-
lips, was born in Salem, February 17, 1690, gradu-
ated from Harvard College 1708, and died in
Andover, June 5, 1771. He was the minister of the
church at the south parish, the present "Old South
Church," Andover, for sixty years, where he com-
menced to preach in 1710, and was ordained Oc-
tober 17, 171 1, the same day the church was or-
ganized, and continued till his death. "In his in-
dividuality, simplicity, decision, energy, strength, and
pristine hardiness of character, he abated nothing
from the spirit of his worthy ancestors. He was,
like them, also a model of industry, and frugality,
and resolute self-restraint, and order in all that he
did. His portrait bespeaks a man of authority,
born to command, and knowing his birthright; and
such was he in an eminent degree, a conscious and
acknowledged leader wherever he was known." He
married, January 17, 1712, Hannah White, daughter
of John White, Esq., of Haverhill, deacon of the
church and captain of the company of the town.
It was her practice to accompany her husband on
his parishional calls, at which time he rode on
horseback, with his wife seated on a pillion behind
him. She died January 7, 1773. Their five children
were : Mary, Samuel, Lydia, John and William, the
subject of the following sketch.

(V) Hon. William (i), third son and youngest
child of Samuel (3) and Hannah (White) Phillips,
was born in Andover, July 6, 1722, and died January
15, 1804, aged eighty-one. At the age of fifteen
years he went to Boston and became an apprentice
to Edward Bromfield, Esq., a highly respectable
merchant of that town, son of Hon. Edward Brom-
field, for many years one of His Majesty's council
in the province of Massachusetts Bay, and a great-
grandson of Rev. John Wilson, the first minister of
Boston. At the termination of his apprenticeship
he married, June 13, 1744 (old style), Abigail Brom-
field, eldest daughter of his late master, and engaged
in mercantile pursuits, in which he was very suc-
cessful. By this marriage a great-grandson of
the first minister of Watertown was _ united with
a great-granddaughter of the first minister of Bos-
ton. He was for many years a deacon of the
Old South Church, and was repeatedly elected
representative and state senator. "He took a de-
cided and active part in the proceedings which pre-
ceded and attended the Revolution; was on many
of the committees appointed by the town of Boston
in those trying times, and often contributed liberally
of his estate to promote the measures which issued
in the establishment of our independence. He was
one of the committee sent to demand of Governor
Hutchinson that the tea should be sent back to



England; was rejected as a councillor by Governor
Gage, was a member of the convention for framing
the constitution of the commonwealth, and that of
adopting the constitution of the United States.
Upon the outbreak of the Revolution he moved his
family to Norwich, Connecticut, where they re-
mained while the British had possession of Boston,
occupying the Arnold mansion, the same house in
which the traitor Benedict Arnold was born." He
gave by his last will five thousand dollars to Phil-
lips Academy, Andover. The children of William
and Abigail (Bromfield) Phillips were: Abigail,
William, died young; William, Sarah, died young;
Hannah, died young; Hannah, Sarah and Mary.

(VI) Lieutenant Governor William (2), third
child and second son of William (i) and Abigail
(Bromfield) Phillips, born in Boston, iNIarch 30,
1750, died in Boston, May 26, 1827. He was deacon
of the Old South Church, representative, and from
1812 to 1823 lieutenant-governor; from 1804 until
his death in 1827 president of the Massachusetts
Bank; presidential elector at large in 1820, when
the vote of the state was cast for Mr. Monroe. To
the already very liberal endowments of Phillips
Academy, Andover, he added the sum of fifteen
thousand dollars, and gave ten thousand dollars to
Andover Theological Seminary. His generous gifts
distributed among about a dozen worthy objects,
amounted to sixty-two thousand dollars. "He came
into possession of an ample fortune, to "the manage-
ment of which, and to the duties of his family and
of friendship, to the service of the public, and to
deeds of benevolence, he was thenceforth chiefly
devoted. He was eminently a domestic man, fond
of retirement, and of the society of his family and
intimate friends. Yet he was not averse to the calls
of public duty." The Rev. Dr. Wisner in preach-
ing his funeral sermon said, "Scarcely a measure has
been adopted or an association formed in this
vicinity for the improvement of the physical, the
intellectual, the moral or the spiritual condition of
men, which ha? not received his co-operation and
liberal support." He married, September 13, 1774,
Aliriam Mason, born June 16, 1754, third daughter
of Hon. Jonathan Mason of Boston. She died
May 7, 1823, "greatly lamented." He died May 26,
1827. Their children were : William Wilson, died
young; Jonathan, died young; Jonathan, Miriam,
Edward, Abigail Bromfield and William.

(VH) William Phillips was born October 13,
1791, in Boston. He married Betsey Granger and
resided in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she died No-
vember 17, 1878.

(Vni) Harriet Phillips, daughter of William
and Betsey (Granger) Phillips, was born April 12,
1815, in Lynn, and became the wife of Ira Gove
(see Gove, VH).

This is a name intimateh' associated
COLBY with the early history of New Hamp-
shire, being found in many localities in
the pioneer periods, and is still prominent in busi-
ness, social and professional affairs throughout the

(I) The founder of the family in America was
Anthony Colby, who came with Rev. John Win-
throp's colony in 1630, his name being the ninety-
third on the list of church members. He came from
the eastern coast of England, and was one of the
many driven by persecution to seek a home in
the New World. He is found of record in 1632,
at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he married Su-
sannah, supposed to have been a daughter of William
Sargent. He removed to Salisbury in 1634, and in

1647 he sold his house and two-acre lot to William
Sargent, and settled on the west side of the Powow
river, in what is now Amesbury. He was recorded
as a "planter," and received land in the "first di-
vision," in 1640 and 1643 ; was one of the first com-
moners of Amesbury, where' he received land in
1654 and 1658, and his widow in his right in 1662
and 1664. He died in Salisbury, February 11, 1661.
His widow Susannah, married (second) William
Whitridge (or Whitred) in 1663, and was again a
widow in 1669. She died July 8, 1689, "or there-
about." The children of Anthony and Susannah
were : John, Sarah, a child died young, Samuel,
Isaac, Rebecca, Mary, and Thomas. (Isaac and
Thomas, with descendants receive extended notice
in this article.)

(II) John, eldest child of Anthony and Su-
sannah Colby, was baptized at Boston, September
8, 1663. He was a "planter" of Amesbury, where he
was an original commoner in 1654, and received land
in 1658-59-62-66-68. He married at South Salem,
January 14, 1656, Frances Hoyt, and died February
II, 1674. His widow married December 27, 1676,
John Barnard. Their children were : John, Sarah,
Elizabeth, Frances, Anthony, Susannah, Thomas,
Mary and Hannah.

(III) John (2), eldest child of John (i) and
Frances (Hoyt) Colby, was born in Salisbury, No-
vember 19, 1656, and died in Amesbury, April 6,
1719. He received "children's land" in 1659, and a
"township" in 1660. He was a soldier in King
Philip's war, was in the Falls fight under Captain
Turner, ]\lay 18, 1676, was in the "training band"
in 1680, and was known as "Sergeant." He took
the oath of allegiance and fidelity, December, 1677.
He married (first), December 27, 1675, Sarah El-
dridge; (second), before 1700, Sarah Osgood, and
(third), February 8, 1715, in Amesbury,- Ruth,
widow of Robert Ring. Her children were : John,
Joseph, Sarah, three children unnamed, died in in-
fancy, Judith and Hannah.

(IV) Joseph, the second son and child of John
and Sarah (Eldridge) Colby, was born in Ames-
bury. He lived in Amesbury, East Parish, and
Hampstead, New Hampshire. "Mr. Joseph Colby"
owned the covenant and was baptized June i"]. 1731,
at the first Amesbury Church. "He was adminis-
trator of his father's estate, and of the gift to him-
self and brother of certain land in Amesbury." In
1718 he sold to his brother's widow his right and
title to said land, bought land in Hampstead, New
Hampshire, where he soon after settled and lived
the remainder of his life. Mary, wife of Joseph
Colby, with others, was dismissed from the First
Haverhill Church, to form a church at Hampstead,
May 31, 1752. Joseph Colby married (first) in
Amesbury, November 22, 1704, Anne Bartlett, who
died October 24, 1721 ; (second) in Amesbury, Au-
gust I, 1722. widow Mary Johnson, of Haverhill.
Joseph Colby died in 1753 or 1754, and the inven-
tory of his estate was made May 22,, 1754. His
children, eighteen in number, were: Be'naiah, Jo-
seph, Nathan, Judith, Hannah, Martha, Ann, John,
]\Iary, Sarah, Theophilus, Lydia, Dorothy, John,
Philbrook, Susanna, Edmund and ]\Iary.

(V) Philbrook, fifteenth child of Joseph and
third son and eighth child of Joseph and Mary
Colby, was born in Amesbury. March 16, 1735. was

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