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wife is not known. His children were : Thomas,
born about 1680; John, Nathaniel, Nancy, Eliza-
beth, James and Abigail. (John and descendants
are noticed at length in this article.) The will of
this Thomas (2) was dated February 4, 171 1, and
mentions his wife as Mercy, also all of the children
above noted except his son John.

(III) Thomas (3), son of Thomas and Mercy
Hanson, was born about 1680, and married for his

first wife Margaretta Maul ; second, Hannah .

His children were: Thomas, born 1702, married
Patience Mason; Robert, married Lydia Varney;
Timothy, married Keziah ; Maul, mar-
ried (first) Sarah Twombley, (second) Mary Can-
ney, (third) Anne Austin; Jonathan; Sarah;
Samuel, born July 19, 1717, married Sarah French;
Solomon, born January 29, 1719, married Anna
Varney; Abigail, born December 23, 1821 ; Ebenezer,
born June 4, 1726, married (first) Anne Hodgdon,

(second) Hannah , and was a member of

the Society of Friends.

(IV) Solomon, born January 29, 1719. eighth
child of Thomas and Margaretta (Maul) Hanson^
married Anna, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary
(Otis) Varney. Mary was born June 5, 1718, and
both she and her husband were members of the
Society of Friends. Solomon died December 13,-
1780. Their children were: Zaccheus, born Sep-
tember 17, 1742, married Sarah Sawyer; Abijah.
Jacob, married Phebe Perkins; Solomon, married
Mary Chase; Otis, married Ruth Gove; Mercy,
married Nathaniel Meader; Sarah, married Oliver
Winslow and had eleven children; Judith, married
James Torrey; Ann and Martha.

(V) Solomon (2), born in Dover (date un-
known), the fourth child of Solomon and Anna
(Varney) Hanson, was a tanner and farmer in
Kensington, New Hampshire, but later in life re-
moved to Pittsfield, New Hampshire. He married
Mary Chase, of Kensington, and had three chil-
dren: Annie, Abial, married Jonathan Chase, and

(VI) Nathan Hanson was born in Pittsfield,
New Hampshire, in 1784, and died in Weare in 1864.
Like his father he was a farmer and tanner. He
removed from Pittsfield to Weare in 1842, and from
that time devoted his attention to farming alone.
He bought and settled on what was known as the
Stephen Dow farm, about one-half mine west of
Weare Center, which was one of the best farms in
the town and was brought to a high state of culti-
vation through his patient toil. He was a con-
sistent man in all that he did, whether as a farmer
Or in the private walks of life. His life as a farmer
was rewarded with substantial success, and he
raised many fine cattle and grew fruits of superior
quality. By inheritance and personal inclination
he was a very pious man, and like his ancestors
was a devout member of the Society of Friends.
Nathan Hanson married (first) Lydia Allen, of
Maine; (second) Sarah Austin, of Maine, died in



1836, aged thirty-five years; (third) Mary Paige,
of Weare; she died in 1862. In all he had three
children, one by his first wife and two by his sec-
ond wife. They were Sabina, who became the wife
of Daniel Paige, of Weare; Alvin, who was born
February 18, 1826, and died single in 1848; and
John W.

(VII) John Winslow Hanson, of Weare, New
Hampshire, has been a prominent character in the
industrial and business life and history of that
town for a full half century, and now although
virtually retired from active pursuits is still in
close association with the best interests of the lo-
cality and of Hillsborough county. He has not
achieved prominence in the sense that he has been
conspicuous in either county or town politics, but
in the ordinary business sense in that he has been
an important factor in building up and maintaining
manufacturing and business, enterprises, and thereby
furnishing employment to many working men and
adding to the population of the town and the value
of its property and promoting the welfare of all its
people. A glance at the town records shows that
whenever occasion has arisen in which public inter-
ests were concerned and public action became ad-
visable, John W. Hanson was generally a member
of the special committee appointed to investigate
and determine upon the proper action to be taken.

Mr. Hanson is a native of Pittsfield, New Hamp-
shire, and was born September 22, 1830. He was
eleven years old when his parents moved from Pitts-
field to Weare, and has lived in the latter town
sixty-five years. He received his education in pub-
lic schools, Pittsfield Academy, Cartland's school at
Clinton Grove, and .what is now Moses Brown
School of Providence. Rhode Island. He worked
on his father's farm until he reached the age of
eighteen years, and from 1848 to 1857 engaged in
the stove and tinware business at Weare Center,
selling annually from five thousand to ten thousand
dollars worth of merchandise. He moved to North
Weare in December, 1857, and in partnership with
Lindley M. Sawyer carried on a shoe business in
the shops of Allen Sawyer until June, 1865, when
he began the manufacture of shoes on his own ac-
count, a business he continued with gratifying suc-
cess until 1891, when he retired. For many years
he was the most extensive manufacturer in the
town of Weare. He is a Republican in politics, and
in 1897 was a member of the legislature and served
on the committee on banks. Mr. Hanson was one
of the incorporators of the Weare Mutual Fire
Insurance Company in 1856. In 1886 Mr. Hanson,
Charles A. Jones and L. M. Sawyer established a
hosiery factory upon the site of the old Weare
Woolen Mills, and Mr. Hanson was treasurer and
manager, and so continued- until the closing up of
the business. Since retiring from active business
Mr. Hanson has been solicited and served in the
settling of a number of estates in Weare ; his advice
is frequently souglit upon matters of this cliaracter,
and he has devoted considerable time to these mat-
ters. He was a member of the Union League at the
time of the Civil war, and has been a member of the
Derryfield Club in Manchester.

Mr. Hanson married. November 17, 1852, Mary
Jane Sawyer, who was born May 13, 1832, daughter
•of Allen and Anna (Osborne) Sawyer, of Weare
(see Sawyer).

(Ill) John Hanson, second son of Thomas (2)
Hanson, lived at Nock's Marsh. Quint's "Ancient
Dover" states that, as he was a Quaker, he de-
clined to leave the exposed place where he lived
when the Indian troubles of 1724 began, and his

home was marked for an attack by thirteen Indians
and French Mohawks, who lay several days near
it in ambush, waiting until Hanson and his men
should be away. Then when he had gone to the week-
day meeting of his church, August 27, 1724, and his
two sons were at work at a distance, the Indians
entered the house. Mrs. Hanson, a servant and
four children, were in the house, of which one
child the Indians immediately killed to terrify the
others ; two other children were at play in the
orchard and would have escaped, but just as the
Indians had finished ritling the house, the two came
in sight and made such a noise that the Indians
killed the youngest boy to stop an alarm. They then
started for Canada with Mrs. Hanson (who had
been confined but fourteen days prior), her babe, a
boy of six years, and two daughters, one fourteen
years old, the other sixteen, and the servant girl.
All reached Canada, but the party was repeatedly
subdivided during the journey. The first person
who discovered the tragedy was Hanson's eldest
daughter, on her return from meeting. Seeing the
children dead, she uttered a shriek which was dis-
tinctly heard by her mother in the hands of the
enemy, and by her brothers at work. Pursuit was
instantly made, but the Indians avoided all paths
and escaped undiscovered. After this disaster
Hanson removed the remainder of his family to the
house of his brother, "who," says Belknap, "though
of the same religious persuasion yet had a number
of lusty sons and always kept fire-arms in good
order for the purpose of shooting game." Mr.
Hanson, soon after the attack, went to Canada
to ransom his family. The following item from the
News Letter of 1725 is of interest in that connec-

"Newport, August 27th (1725). On Tuesday
last, (Aug. 24) arrived here, Mr. John Hand-
son, of Dover, Piscataqua, and about a Month's
time from Canada, but last from New York, with
his wife & three children and a Servant Woman;
as also one Ebenezer Downs, having a wife & five
children at Piscataqua ; also one Miles Thompson,
a Boy, who were all taken Captives about Twelve
Months since, by the Enemy Indians, and carried
to Canada, except the above said Handson; who at
the same time lost Two of his Sons by the Indi-
ans ; & now it hath cost him about £700 for their
Ransom, including his other necessary charges. He
likewise informs. That another of his children, a
young woman of about Seventeen Years of Age
was carried Captive at the same time with the rest
of the family, with whom he convers'd for several
Hour^, but could not obtain her Ransom : for the
Indians would not consent to part with her on any
terms, so he was obliged to leave her."

Mr. Hanson reached home September i, 1725,
but he could not content himself while his daughter
Sarah was in Canada; and about April 19, 1727,
he started in company with a kinsman who with
his wife was bound on a similarly sad errand to
redeem children ; but he was taken sick on the
journey, and died -about halfway between Albany and
Canada — one account says Crown Point. The daugh-
ter married a Frenchman, and never returned. So
far as records are obtained, John Hanson's family
were as follows : He married 23 5mo. 1703, Eliza-
beth ^. Their children were : Hannah,

Sarah, Elizabeth, John, Isaac, Daniel, Ebenezer,
Caleb, and a daughter whose name is not given.

(IV) John (2), fourth child and eldest son of
John (i) and Elizabeth Hanson, was born in Do-
ver, 17 I mo. 1712. He married (first) 27 i2nio.
1735, Phebe, daughter of Nathaniel and Catherine



(Neale) Austin, who was born JNlarch 14, 1718.
They were Quakers, or Friends. Their children
were : Sarah, Patience, Phebe, John, and Catherine.
He married (second) 21 4mo. 1750, Sarah, daughter
of Thomas and Mary (Brackctt) Tuttle, who was
born 16 4mo. 1727, and died 12 iimo. 1S04. He
died 9 iimo, 1784. Their children were: James,
Elizabeth, Mary and Isaac.

(V) John (3), fourth child and eldest son of
John (.2) and Phebe Austin, was born 17 iimo.

(,VI) Samuel, son of John (3) Hanson, was a
man of great strength and courage, and was nick-
named "Cat" Hanson from the circumstance of his
having drawn from its den in the rocks a Canada
lynx, colloquially referred to as a "cat," while
holding its feet with his hands.

(VII) John (4), son of Samuel Hanson, mar-
ried Elizabeth Emerson and resided in Unity, New

(VIII) Hezekiah Emerson, second son and sec-
ond child of John (4) and Elizabeth (Emerson)
Hanson, was born in tlnity. New Hampshire, Au-
gust 18, 1819, and died October 4, 1897. He was
educated in the common schools, and possessed a
natural aptitude for mathematics. He owned and
cultivated a farm, and also operated a saw mill for
many years at Croydon, New Hampshire. He was
a lifelong Democrat, and was honored by his fel-
low townsmen with the office of selectman, and was
chairman of the board of selectmen of Croydon for
three years. He married, in Claremont, February
2."/, 1848, Cornelia Clark Taylor, who was born in
Brockport, New York, February 10, 1817, and died
in Goshen, New Hampshire, November 28, 1894,
aged seventy-seven years. She was the daughter of
Nathan and Hannah (Bixby) Taylor.

(IX) Frank Llewellyn, only son and only child
of Hezekiah E. and Cornelia Clark (Taylor) Han-
son, was born in Newport, New Hampshire, Janu-
ary 18, 1856. He grew up on his father's farm, and
was educated in the common schools and in the high
school of Newport, New Hampshire, and at Bryant
& Stratton's Business College in Manchester. Until
twenty-two years of age, such time as he was not
in school he was employed in work on the farm
or in saw mills in Croydon, and spool and bobbin
shops in Lowell, Massachusetts. Subsequently he
was employed five years as a clerk in the freight
department of the New York & New England rail-
road at Boston, Massachusetts. Then returning to
Croydon he was engaged in the lumber business with
the firm of Hanson & Walker. From Croydon he
removed to Goshen, and engaged in farming until
1906, when he bought a country store which he has
since successfully conducted. Politically Mr. Han-
son is a Democrat. He has served his fellow citi-
zens faithfully in the following capacities : Town
clerk of Croydon five years ; town clerk of Goshen
ten years, and now holds that office; delegate to the
constitutional convention of 1902, and was for several
years member of the library committee of the Olive
G. Pettis Free Library of Goshen, and is now
(1907) member of the legislature, having been
elected in 1906.

Mr. Hanson married, in Boston, Massachusetts,
March 11, 1883, Hannah Ann, widow of Albert J.
Darrah, who was born in Vienna, Maine, April 18,
1852, daughter of Timothy Varney and Mercy Ann
(McFarland) Wight, of Vienna, and granddaughter
of Asa Wight, a soldier of the war of 1812. Mrs.
Hanson has a son by her former marriage, Fred
A. Darrah, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts,
September 20, 1877. He was educated in the com-

mon schools, and is now a clerk at Goshen. He
married October 22, 1904, Lena G. Cozzens, of
Natick, Massachusetts, who died August 6, 1905.

(II) Tobias, second son of Ihomas Hanson,
of Dover, was killed by the Indians, and his wife
captured May 10, 1693. They had children : Jo-
seph, Benjamin, and Tobias, whose sketch fol-

(III) Tobias (2), son of Tobias (i) Hanson,
was born in Dover, where he lived and died. He
married (first) Lydia Canney ; and (second) Ann
Lord, of Berwick, Maine. The children by the first
wife were: Benjamin and Elizabeth; by the sec-
ond: Mercy, Tobias, Judith, Joseph, Nathaniel,
Isaac, Samuel and Aaron.

(IV) Joseph, fourth child and second son of
Tobias (2) and Ann (Lord) Hanson, was born
January 15, 1705. He was a potter and lived in
Dover until his death, September 5, 1758. He mar-
ried (first), November 23, 1727, Rebecca Sheppard,
who was born in 1708 and died April 19, 1730;
(second). May 25, 1737, Sarah Scammon, who died
September 2, 1738; (third), June 6, 1739, Susanna
Burnham, who was born March i, 1715, a daughter
of Robert and Elizabeth Burnham. She died March
4, 1758. By the first wife there was one child,
Ephraim; by the second, one child, Humphrey; by
the third, two children, Rebecca and John B.

• (V) Humphrey, only child of Joseph and Sarah
(Scammon) Hanson, was born May 27, 1738, was
baptized September 3, 1738, and died November
13, 1766. He married Joanna Watson, and they
had four children : Dominicus, born March 19,
1760, not married ; Sarah, December 22, 1762, mar-
ried Richardson ; Joseph, December 18,

1764, married Charity Dame; Elizabeth, December
12, 1767, married Gilman.

(VI) Joseph (2), son of Humphrey and Joanna
(Watson) Hanson, was born on what is now Han-
son street, Dover, December 18, 1764, and died at
Rochester, New Hampshire, December 19, 1832.
He married, March 4, 1798, Charity Dame, of
Rochester, who was born September i, 1755, and
died February 3, 1833. They had : Humphrey, born
January 3, 1799, died July 20, 1826; ^lary Dame,
April 23, 1800, died April 25, 1853; Hannah, May
23, 1802, died February 9, 1803 ; Joseph Scammon,
Jiily 27, 1803, died April 21, 1828; Meribah, Febru-
ary 4, 1805, died November 18, 1863 ; Johanna, March
ID, 1807, died October 10, 1884; a child, November
18, 1808, died November 22, 1808; Hester Ann,
January 20, 1810, died March 31, 1856; Dominicus,
mentioned at length below. Asa P., of Newton,
Iowa, was born April 20, 1817, married Rooxbe
Kimball, and their children were : Henry A., born
March 23, 1841 ; Emma, Ella, Mary and Belle, de-

Joseph Hanson came to Rochester from Dover,
New Hampshire, when a young man, and im-
mediately engaged in the general grocery and mer-
cantile business, which he successfully followed until
within a few years of his death. He w^as a man of
excellent judgment, good common sense, shrewd,
cautious, industrious and economical. He built in
Rochester the first brick store ever erected in Straf-
ford county, which they came to see from far and
near. It was two story with pitch roof tinned and
the door and window shutters were also tinned, there
being no fire apparatus in those days in the vil-
lage. This building stood opposite the present
(1907) McDuffee block and where now stands Went-
worth block. At a very early day he made a brick
vault on his land behind his store for the deposit
of his and other people's papers, etc., there being



no bank in the village. He inaugurated many useful
schemes which have had a tendency for good, and
his name was held in grateful rememberance by
those who knew him. He was justly considered one
of the best business men of his day, and his ample
fortune left to his family fully attests this estimate
of him. Mrs. Hanson was a member of the Metho-
dist Church, and he was an attendant and supporter
of the various churches, though not a member of
any, rather leaning towards Universalism.

(VH) Dominicus, third son of Joseph and
Charity (Dame) Hanson, was born August 23, 1813,
in same house in Rochester, New Hampshire,
in which he died, June i, 1907. He received the
advantages of a common school education until he
was some fifteen years of age, and this was sup-
plemented by an academic education at Rochester
Academy, Parsonfield Seminary, Maine, Hopkinton,
New Hampshire, and Pembroke, New Hampshire.
In 1830 he commenced the drug business as an ap-
prentice to his brother-in-law. Dr. Joseph Smith,
and served him two years and in 1832 bought Dr.
Smith's interest and continued in the business until
the lire of 1880 except some two or three years
when away to school. As an evidence of the confi-
dence reposed in Mr. Hanson as an honest and
trustworthy gentleman we may mention that, at the
time of the great Civil war, at the earnest solicita-
tion of the business men of his native town, he
issued script of the respective denomination of ten
cents, twenty-five cents and fifty cents, to the amount
of eight thousand dollars which read as follows:
"State of New Hampshire,

Rochester, Sept. 2"], 1862.

For Value received I promise to pay on demand,
in current Bank Bills in sums of one dollar and
upward at my place of business.

Dominicus' Hanson."

This scrip was issued when there was a scarcity
of circulating money during the great Civil war
and before the general government had issued any
money. This scrip circulated throughout New
England, and was never refused, all of which was
promptly redeemed when the general government
made its issue. Hence the name "Honest Domini-
cus," as he has been known by his friends for long
years. Who ever saw the goodly village of Roches-
ter in Norway Plains but has seen his prim, circular
front, pressed brick, two-storv apothecary store
erected by him in about the year 1837 (on the site
of an earlier one which was destroyed by fire) once
the most stylish store in the whole state of New
Hampshire. Its long remembered and excellent
brick sidewalk in front, dating back to time im-
memorial before Rochester knew the luxury of
brick sidewalks, its broad stone steps, always a
delight to the innumerable patrons of this popular
resort, who climbed them with assurance of safe
foothold, and excellent reception beyond.

If Noah could by any means have been com-
pelled to refit and rearrange the Ark and take in
all that he considered necessary to stock a new
world, he couldn't collect the six or eight million
invaluable articles which are here gathered to-
gether from the four corners of the earth (or is
coming next day) unless he had the nearly miracu-
lous experience of our subject and to acquire such
an experience would cost a frightful expenditure of
both time and money.

The following description was written shortly be-
fore his death by one who knew him well : "Mr.
Hanson was six feet in height, standing quite erect,
moved with an elastic step quickly and lightly. His
hair at death was white with the frost of nearly

a century. He was of a marked nervous organiza-
tion, his thin cut face bearing its certain evidence.
Nothing about the face or general appearance espe-
cially marked him above many other men you may
meet in the course of a day's ride in any portion of
Yankee Land; by that sign you can judge the man.
If ever wit or drollery overflowed in one person
here it is. I know of no two faces in the country
that so nearly resemble each other as that of 'Honest
Dominicus' and the happy countenance of America's
humorist, Mark Twain. The general impression
left by the two faces is the same, the same mys-
terious gleam, sure token of the mental flash, oc-
curs in each and the wit and humor of each is fully
recognized among their friends. The parallel holds
good still further, in neither case can the purpose
or intent be solved. A matter of the lightest im-
port may be treated with ponderous gravity be-
fitting a funeral oration, and while either of the two
are discussing with lengthened faces upon the topic
the bystanders are convulsed with laughter. On
the contrary many things which bewilder the brains
of common people are heartily laughed at by them.
Either of these worthies are a puzzle to their many
friends, and like all human enigmas of course, they
are idolized. But Mr. Hanson is a study. In him
lives the gentle graces of geniality and cute Yankee,
and the subtle and evanescent essence of fun. In
him dwells a constant gleam of drollery always
as welcome as sunshine in winter or flowers in May.
The mirth which overflows in his happy moments
is all the more welcome because of the uncertainty
of the aim. It may be gentle invectives of society
shams; perhaps a tinge of sarcasm wittily said light-
ens his efforts."

Mr. Hanson continued the business at the old
stand until the fire of 1880 in which his store was
badly damaged. He soon, however, repaired and
added a story and then retired from the drug busi-
ness in favor of our present esteemed pharmacist,
R. DeWitt Burnham, who at once entered into
business in the remodeled store and who has merited
the large patronage he has received up to the present
time (1907) and long may his star continue in the

Mr. Hanson's residence erected by his father over
one hundred years ago, the erection of which was
celebrated by people from Middleton, Tamworth,
Ossipee and nearby towns including the citizens of
Rochester which were numerous, cordial and wel-
come, was celebrated in the good old way of those
days in which the product of the West Indies and of
France were much in evidence at the time of lay-
ing the ridge pole, after which verses composed
for the occasion were read and the frame named
and christened the "General Washington," a cele-
bration in which all became most gloriously inter-
ested. The house then boasted of a fine balustrade
around the roof which has since been removed.
When the railroads were built through Rochester,
he opened the thoroughfare known as Hanson's
street through his garden, never receiving any
recompense for opening the same, although prom-
ised, and has always constructed and maintained,
at his own expense, (except sanding and breaking
in the winter) spending many thousand of dollars
in construction and keeping it in proper condition
and paving it in the fall of 1901 at the expense of
several thousand dollars with first class granite
blocks from the well known and celebrated quarry
of Charles A. Bailey, of Suncook, New Hampshire,
of whom Mr. Hanson speaks in the highest terms
of praise as a man of honor and integrity. INIr.
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blocks besides three first-class honey comb harn-
mered crossings. No finer could have been found in
any city in the United States, making twenty-seven
cars, being twenty-four cars of blocks and three
cars of crossings. The paving was also a first-class
job and done by the well known and celebrated
electric railroad builders and pavers, Soule Dil-
lingham & Company, of Boston, the builders of the
Rochester Electric Railroad.

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