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dren are on record, namely : Anthony, Marj-, Eliza-
beth and Abigail.

(II) Anthony, son of Hatevil and Annie Nutter,
was born 1630, in England, ^nd died February 19,
1686, of small pox. His wife, Sarah, was a daugh-
ter of Henry Langstaft'. They lived for a time at
Dover Neck, but moved to Welshman's cove, in
what is now Newington, New Hampshire. i\Ir.
Nutter was a prominent man in the colony and exer-
cised a wide influence. He was admitted freeman
in 1662, was "Corporall" in 1667, and "leftenant"
in 1683, being thereafter known by that title. He
was selectman, a member of the general court when
under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, and later
of the general assembly of New Hampshire; and in
1681-82 a member of the provincial council. He had
three sons, John, Hatevil and Henry, and one daugh-
ter, Sarah. (Mention of Hatevil and descendants
appears in this article.)

(III) John, eldest son af Anthony and Sarah
(Langstaff) Nutter, was born December 27, 1663,
in Dover, New Hampshire. No record of his wife
has been found but his children were : John, Mat-
thias, James, Hatevil, Sarah, Thomas and Rosimond.

(IV) James (2), son of John Nutter, married
Abigail Thurber, of Newington, where they resided.
Their sons, James and Anthony, were baptized Sep-
tember 29, 1736, in Newington (the former receives
further mention, with descendants, in this article).

(V) Anthony (2), son of James Nutter, born
1736, was married June i, 1756, to Sarah Nutter,
of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They had sons,
William and Anthony, baptized May 8, 1757.

(VI) William, son of Anthony (2) and Sarah
Nutter, was born December 13, 1756, served in the
United States navy during the Revolution, was mar-
ried November 7, 1781, to Anna, daughter of John
and Ann (Simes) Nutter, who was born INIarch
6, 1760. He died February 15, 181 1, and his wife
survived him two and one-half years, passing away
August 17, 1813, both in Barnstead, New Hamp-
shire. Their children were : Dorothy, Anna S.,
Abigail and William. The second daughter became
the wife of Samuel Perkins, and the third of Charles
Foster. The son married Eleanor Peavey and all
resided in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

(VII) Dorothy, the eldest child of William and
Anna (Nutter) Nutter, became the wife of Nathaniel
Nutter, of Barnstead, hereinafter mentioned (see
Nutter, VI).

(Ill) Hatevil (2), second son of Anthony and
Sarah (Langstafif) Nutter, was among the inhabit-
ants of Bloody Point in 1713 who petitioned the
general court that they, "By maintaining the minister,
school and poor among themselves, may be exempted
from all other charges, save only the province tax."
This resulted in the establishment of the town of
Newington, so named by Governor Dudley, May
12, 1714. By his first wife, whose name does not
appear, Mr. Nutter had four children. He was
married May 16, 1716, to Leah Furber, who survived
him, and was the mother of five of his children. He
died in 1745, and left to his widow in his will,
dated November 12, 1745, all of his movables, in-
cluding his "Negro Caesar." They were admitted
to the church in 1630. His children were: Hatevil,



Anthony, Eleanor, Sarali, Jolm, Elizabeth, Joshua,
Abigail and Olive.

(IV) Hatevil (3). eldest child of Hatevil (2)
Nutter, was a cordvvainer (shoemaker), and lived
in Newington. He was married in 1741 to Hannah
Decker, and was admitted to the church in 1756.
His children were: Sarah, Hannah, Joseph, ^Nlary,
John, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Hatevil and Lois.

(V) Benjamin, third son of Hatevil (3) and
Hannah (Decker) Nutter, was born November 25,
1744, at Newington. He moved to Barnstead, New-
Hampshire, and the first deed of land in that town
was to him, 1777. He was the first town clerk,
1775 to 1781, and was one of the committee of
safetj', April 12, 1776. He was for many years one
of the selectmen of the town, and for several years
the town meetings w-ere held at his house. He
married (first), in 1778, Mercy Tasker, by whom
he had two children: John and Abigail; (second),
in 1781, INlary Walker, by whom he had five chil-
dren : Nathaniel, Lois, Hannah, Mary and James.
He died at Barnstead in 1832.

(VI) Nathaniel, son of Benjamin and Mary
(Walker) Nutter, was born at Barnstead, June 12,
1 781, and was a farmer. He died at Barnstead,
January 3, 1871. He married Dorothy Nutter,
daughter of William and Anna Nutter (see Wil-
liam, VI, ante). Their children were: George
Langdon, William, Nancj-, John Simes and Na-
thaniel Simes.

(VII) George Langdon, eldest child of Na-
thaniel and Dorothy (Nutter) Nutter, was born in
Barnstead, New Hampshire, November 10, 1806,
and died at Concord. September 8, 1879. He mar-
ried, May 13, 1830. Fanny Wilson Proctor, daughter
of Thomas Proctor, born in Barnstead, April 16,
1812, died at Newton Centre, ?^Iassachusetts, Janu-
ary 4, 1900.

Robert Proctor settled at Concord, Massachu-
setts, where he was made a freeman in 1641.
(2) James, his son, born at Chelmsford, Massachu-
setts, 1658, died there Tanuary 11, 1709. (3) James,
born at Woburn, JNIassachusetts, April 2, 1696.
(4) James, his son, was born at Woburn, June 18,
1722, and died May 3, 18 12. (5) Thomas, his son,
w\as born at Woburn, July 28, 1748, and died at
Loudon, New Hampshire, June i, 1830. (6) Thomas,
his son, was born at Loudon, New Hampshire,
June 12, 1781, and died at Barnstead, New Hamp-
shire, June 25, 1856. He married three times. By
his first wife, Alartha (Drew) Proctor, he had
eight children: John Drew, Thomas Kimball,
Fanny Wilson, Joseph Drew% Jane Drew, Mary,
Samuel B. and William. George Langdon and
Fanny Wilson (Proctor) Nutter had five children:
Thomas William, John Proctor, Annie Martha, Isa-
bel Frances and INIalvina Drew.

(VIII) John Proctor, son of George Langdon
and Fanny Wilson (Proctor) Nutter, was born at
Barnstead, New Hampshire, January 26, 1833, and
was educated in the public schools of his native place
and of Pittsfield and at Pittsfield Academy. He was
a clerk in his father's store and later in the store
of Reuben L. French until 1850. He was in the
furniture business from the latter date until 1854,
and from 1S58 to 1S65 was in the clothing business,
all at Pittsfield. In 1867 and 1868 he was a clerk
in the Traders' and Mechanics' Insurance Company
at Lowell, IMassachusetts. In 1869 he engaged in
the hardware business at Pittsfield, continuing until
1876. July 25 of that year he was appointed by Gov-
ernor Person C. Cheney, register of probate for
Merrimack county. By a change in the constitution of

New Hampshire this office became elective in 1878,.
since which time Mr. Nutter has been elected annu-
ally and biennially at each succeeding election for
that office. His political affiliations have ever been with
the Republican party, and he was elected repre-
sentative in the New Hampshire legislature in 1873.
from Pittsfield. He attends the South Congrega-
tional Church at Concord. He joined the Odd-
Fellows, and is now a member of Suncook Lodge,
No. 10, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

April 15, 1S56, he married Elizabeth Hogan
Berry, daughter of John and Marianna Berry, of
Pittsfield, New Hampshire, born February 18, 1833,
died at Concord, June 19, 1896 (see Berry, VI).
She was educated in the public schools at Pitts-
field and Pittsfield Academy, and Bradford
Academy, Bradford, Massachusetts. The children
of John P. and Elizabeth Hogan (Berry) Nutter
are : Mary Fanny, born at Pittsfield, July 8, 1857,
educated in the public schools, Pittsfield Academy,
and the Concord higk school, from which she gradu-
ated in the class of 1876. Charles Carroll, born at
Pittsfield, August 22, 1859, died there November
20, 1869. William Albert, born at Pittsfield, Janu-
ary 20, 1862, was educated in the public schools of
Pittsfield and the high school" at Concord. He is
chief clerk in the Concord postoffice, having been
employed in that office continuously since 1880. Alice
Berry, born at Concord, April 15, 1879, attended
the schools and graduated from the high s'chool of
Concord in the class of 1897, and spent three years
at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(V) James (3), son of James (2) and Abigail
(Thurber) Nutter, w-as born in Newington, and
baptized there September 29, 1736. He married
Esther Dame, and died in Newington. Children
born to them were : Ebenezer, Nathaniel, Abigail,
Jethro and Dorothj-. The three sons moved to
Barnstead and were among the eai'ly settlers of that
town. (Mention of Nathaniel and descendants
forms part of this article.)

(VI) Deacon Ebenezer, son of James (3) and
Esther (Dame) Nutter, was born October 10, 1756,
in Newington. and spent all of his adult life in Barn-
stead, New Hampshire, where he died April 17,
1843, in his eighty-sixth year. He married Temper-
ance Colebath, of Portsmouth, and they removed
from Newington to Barnstead on horseback, in 1783,.
bringing a babe in arms. There was no road, and
they made their way by the aid of spotted trees.
Their first habitation was a log cabin, four miles
from any other human being; it was located on a
pleasant site, commanding a view of the surround-
ing country. I\Ir. Nutter had served as a soldier
in the Revolution under John Sullivan, and in his
old age he drew^ a pension for that service. He w^as
an upright and industrious man and was prosperous.
For more than fifty years he was a deacon of the
church in Barnstead. He had seven sons and four
daughters. They included : George. Betsj^ Dollj',-
John, Nathaniel and William. (The last named and
descendants are mentioned farther in this article.)
The estate is still in the hands of one of his de-
scendants. Deacon Ebenezer Nutter, of Lynn, Mas-
sachusetts. The first death in the town of Barn-
stead was that of his elder daughter, who was
nineteen years old. Before her death, she desired
that her body be buried beneath a favorite birch
tree on the farm. The trunk of this tree is still
standing, and is now nine feet in circumference; it
is the only one of original growth remaining on
the homestead.

(VII) Nathaniel, son of Deacon Ebenezer and



Temperance (Colebath) Nutter, was born 1796, in
Barnstead, and died January 13, 1875, in Pittsiield,
in his seventy-ninth year. He was a carpenter and
followed that occupation and erected many build-
ings in Boston and- vicinity. The autumn of his life was
passed in Pittsfield, where he owned and operated
for a number of years a planing mill, and manu-
factured sashes, blinds and doors. In religion he
was a Congregationalist, and in politics a Demo-
crat. He represented Pittsfield in the legislature.
His wife, Eliza B. (Rickford) Nutter, was born
1807, in Boston, Massachusetts, and died in Pitts-
field, December i, 1891, at the age of eighty-four
years. Their children were: Ann Eliza, who be-
came the wife of Andrew Bunker; Mary Jane, who
married R. L. French, and resided in Pittsfield ;
Franklin C, who receives mention in the succeeding
paragraph; and Horatio G., who died in 1902, in
Winthrop, Massachusetts.

(Vni) Franklin C, eldest son and third child
of Nathaniel and Eliza B. (Rickford) Nutter, was
born September 10, 1833, in North Barnstead, and
died April 23, 1896, in Pittsfield. He received his
education in public schools, and learned the business
of making sashes, doors and blinds in Concord, and
subsequently carried on this business in connection
with his father until the death of the latter. He
assumed its control and carried it on for a number
of years. After disposing of this he continued to
work at his trade until his death, which occurred
April 23, 1896. He was a member of the_ Congre-
gational Church, in which his wife still retains mem-
bership. In politics he was a Republican. He was
married January i, 1855, to Susan E. Emerson,
who was born June 27, 1837, in Hopkinton, New
Hampshire, daughter of Jeremiah and Judith P.
Emerson, and is still living and residing in Pitts-
field. Their children were: Edward F., Deacon
J\Iatthew Harvey and Helen P. The last named
died at the age of seven years.

(IX) Matthew Harvey, second son and child
of Franklin C. and Susan E. (Emerson) Nutter,
was born July 6, 1858, in Pittsfield. He was edu-
cated in the public schools and an academy of that
town, and left school at the age of sixteen years to
learn the trade of tinsmith. He subsequently entered
• the Concord high school and remained about two
years, returning to Pittsfield at the end of that time. .
He resumed work at his trade, as a journeyman,
and so continued until April i, 1887. Since that
date he has been engaged in business for himself
in Pittsfield, and the business is now conducted
»imder the name and style of Nutter & Foss, the
junior partner being Mr. W. E. Foss. With the
years, and the energy and industry of its founder,
the business has grown and prospered. The firm
carries a stock of stoves and kindred articles, be-
sides general hardware, paints and oils, and deals
in farming machinery. It makes a specialty of all
kinds of sheet metal work and the installation of
heating appliances. Mr. Nutter is one of the sub-
stantial and highlj^-respectcd citizens of Pittsfield,
and exercises a strong influence upon its affairs.
The trade of the firm is drawn from a large region
of the country, and he is known for his upright
principles and kind heart. Deacon Nutter has been
chairman of the Pittsfield school board for the past
three years. He has been a member of the Congre-
gational Church for twenty-six years, and during
all of that time except one year has' been both
deacon and church clerk. He has also served as
superintendent of the Sunday school and warden
of the church, and is a trustee of the Pittsfield

Academy. He was married May 8, 1882, to Minerva
Jane jMerrill, daughter of Stephen B. and Luthera
(Norcross) ^lerrill. She was born June 28, 1862,
in Deerfield, New Hampshire, and they have the
following children : Carl Nathaniel, born I\lay 29,

1883, a graduate of the Pittsiield schools and of
Brown University ; Lewis Harvey, July 6,

1884, is now a student at Brown University ;
Helen Ruth, December 14, 18S5, is attend-
ing Mt. Holyoke College ; Mabel Frances, Oc-
tober 15, 1888, died in her ninth year; Lucy
Hayes, f"ebruary 5, 1893, Ralph Edward, Septem-
ber 29, 1894, and FrankHn Harris, October 29, 1896,
are at home with their parents.

(VII) William, son of Ebenezer and Temper-
ance (Colbath) Nutter, was born in Barnstead, about
1795, and died in Concord, about 1854.

(VI)* Nathaniel, son of James (3) and Esther
(Dame) Nutter, married Dorothy Marshall, whose
father a sea captain, died of yellow fever. Their
children were: Abigail, Betsey (died in infancy),.
Nancy, Betsey, Alice, Eleanor, John M., Jethro,
Hannah, Martha, Ann and Lucy.

(VII) Eleanor, daughter of Nathaniel and Dor-
othy (Marshall) Nutter, married, in 1819, her cousin,.
William Nutter, who was born about 1792 or '93.
She was born in Barnstead in 1797, and died in 1879.

(VIII) William S., son of William and Eleanor
(Nutter) Nutter, was born in Barnstead, New
Hampshire, December 18, 1820, and died April 25,
1S98. He was an influential farmer, who varied the
monotony of agriculture in the colder season of the
year by lumbering. His character and business qual-
ifications commanded the respect and confidence of
his fellowtownsmen, who called him to fill the
office of selectman and lieutenant of militia under
the old military system of the state. In politics he
was a Democrat. He married, November i, 1842,
Mary E. Collins, who was born October 14, 1826,^
daughter of John H. and Phebe (Hanson) Collins,
of Barnstead. She died January i, 1892. Five
children were born to them : John D., born March
30, 1848, now living in Barnstead. Charles C, born
November 30, 1850, died July 16, 1904. James Al-
bert, born September 21, 1852, died May 31, 1891.
Frank S., born October 18, 1S55. George W., born
June 21, 185S.

(IX) Georfe William Nutter, M. D., youngest
child of William S^ and Mary E. (Collins) Nutter,
was born in Barnstead, June 21, 1858. He was edu-
cated in the common schools and at Pittsfield Acad-
emy, and read medicine for three years in the office
of A. H. Crosby, of Concord. In 1882 he entered
Dartmouth College, medical department, from which
he graduated with the class of 1883. He opened an
office and practiced in IManchester eight years, and
then removed to Salmon Falls and purchased the
store and stock of Ezra H. Wheeler, and has since
devoted himself to trade rather than to the practice
of medicine. Since he started in the drug business
he has established a drug store at Somersworth and
one at Concord, and now operates the three. In;
politics he is a Democrat, and he has been elected
on that ticket to various offices. He was a repre-
sentative from ward eight, IManchester, in the legis-
lature in 1889; has been selectman of Rollinsford
several times ; was a delegate to the last constitu-
tional convention, and now (1907) is tax collector
of Rollinsford. In Masonry he has attained the
thirty-second degree. He is also a member of Ridge-
ley Lodge, No. 74, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, of IManchester, and Dover Lodge. Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks. He married (first), De-

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cember 3, 1896, May Lord, who was born December
3, 1870, daughter of William E. and Josie (Alley)
Lord, and who died February 10, 1900. March 25,
1903, Dr. Nutter married (second). Bertha A. John-
son, who was born October 7, 1878, daughter of
Charles A. and Eva E. Johnson, of Bangor, Maine.
They have one child, Ruth, born September 3, 1904.

(IX) Frank S., fourth son and child of William
S. and Mary E. (Collins) Nutter, was born in Barn-
stead, October 18, 1855, and received his education
in district schools. He was brought up on a farm,
and when old enough to learn the trade of a shoe-
maker ; his principal occupation in business life has
been farming and shoemaking, and upon the death
of his father he succeeded to the ownership of the
old place, which now has been in the family fifty-
two years. He is known among his fellow towns-
men as an industrious and provident man, with a
capacity for hard work and of sound judgment in
business matters. For five years he held the office of
supervisor, and for about the same length of time
Avas selectman, and was representative in 1893 and
1S94. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Nutter has
been twice married. He married (first), in 1876,
Sarah E. Caswell, of Stratford, New Hampshire.
She was born in 1854, and died March 10, 1882,
leaving two children. On October 10, 1886, Mr.
Nutter married Ida Kimball, born August 12, 1861,
daughter of James and Nancy (Locke) Kimball.
James Kimball, born in 1825, died February 25, 1903,
was a son of Jeremiah Kimball, born about 1799,
died in 1876, and whose wife was Tomason (Hayes)
Kimball, of Farmington, New Hampshire. Nancy
Locke, who married James Kimball, was a daughter
of Sampson B. and Esther (Nutter) Locke, his wife,
and Esther (Nutter) Locke is a daughter of Jethro
and Polly (Elliott) Nutter, granddaughter of James
and Esther (Dame) Nutter. The children of Frank
S. Nutter by first marriage are as follows :

(X) Forest L., son of Frank S. and Sarah E.

(Caswell) Nutter, was born in Barnstead, July 19.

1879. He was educated at the Stafford public school
and Coe's Academy at Northwood, New Hampshire,
where he graduated. He has served three terms
as tax collector of Rollinsford, New Hampshire.
He married Margaret Sears, and has one child,
Agnes W. Nutter. He resides at Salmon Falls,
New Hampshire.

(X) Frank C, son of Frank S. and Sarah E.
(Caswell) Nutter, born on the old homestead farm
in Barnstead, June 28, 1881, educated in public school
and graduated at Coe's Academy, Northwood, New
Hampshire, then taught school for a few years, and
afterwards devoted his time to agricultural pursuits.
He is now serving his second term as town clerk of
Barnstead. He married, December 10, 1904, Iva
P. Berry, daughter of Stephen J. and Emma Berry,
have one child, Sarah E., born November 18, 1905.
They reside in Barnstead Centre, New Hampshire.

This name, which was formerly
IMcCURDY spelled Mackirdy, originated in Lan-
arkshire, Scotland, and the Mac-
Icirdys where the ancient possessors of the Island of
Bute, a prominent landmark on the western coast.
During the exodus from Scotland to Ireland in the
latter part of the seventeenth century, five brothers
named Mackirdy, accompanied by their families,
crossed the Irish sea and found a safe abiding place
at Ballymony in the county of Antrim, where they
■could enjoy unmolested the benefits of religious
freedom. In Ireland the spelling of the name was
changed to McCurdy. At least one of these broth-

ers, James, and perhaps more, assisted in defending
the city of Londonderry during the siege of 1688.
It is quite probable that the family now being con-
sidered is descended from the above-mentioned
James, but the fact has not been, as yet, fully veri-

(I) Archibald McCurdy of Ballymony, who was
born in Scotland about the year 1684. emigrated to
America in 1737, bringing with him his second wife
and several children. He settled in New Hampshire
and resided there until his death, which occurred
February 8, 1776. His first wife, whose maiden
name does not appear in the records, bore him three
sons, namely : Robert, Daniel and John, all of
whom were pressed into the British navy after their
arrival in New England, and Robert died of yellow
fever in Jamaica. Daniel (born in 1715) died in
Dunbarton of hemorrhage of the lungs March 28,
1791, and John will be again referred to in this
article. Archibald's second wife, whose maiden
name is also unknown, became the mother of sev-
eral children, but two of whom lived to maturity,
James and Sarah, and one died at sea during the
passage from Ireland. Part of the descendants now
spell the name Macurdy.

(II) Robert, eldest son of Archibald Macurdy,
was a native of Ireland and died in Jamaica, while
serving in the British navy.

(HI) Matthew Scobey, son of Robert ^Macurdy,
was born in Ireland, and died in America. He mar-
ried a Miss Fulton, and they were the parents of
seven children : Daniel. Robert, John, Matthew,
Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary.

(IV) Daniel, eldest child of Matthew S. Macurdy,
was born in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. 1798, and
died in Boscawen in November, i860, aged sixty-
two years. He lived on his father's farm, and at-
tended school until he was about twenty-one years
of age. He then hired out on farms for several years
and with his earnings bought a farm. This he sold
in 1849, and in Febritary, 1850, he bought another
farm of about one hundred and fifty acres in Bos-
cawen, now Webster, where he resided as long as
he lived. He was an industrious worker, and pre-
ferred to attend to his own farm rather than engage
in public business. He became a member of the Re-
publican party at its formation. He married Betsy ,
Cunningham Alexander, vvho was born in Dunbar-
ton, daughter of David and Martha Alexander, of
Dunbarton. Their eight children were : John, Da-
vid A., Daniel L., Matthew, Oscar D., ]Martha Jane,
Elizabeth, and Mary Ann.

(V) David A., second son and child of Daniel and
Betsy C. (Alexander) Macurdy, was born in Dun- '
barton, June 23, 1832. He attended the district
schools and the high school at Dunbarton Center
until he was seventeen years old. In 1850 he moved
with his parents to Boscawen, and the two years
next following worked on his father's farm. In
1852 he married and went to live with his father-in-
law, and assist him in his store at Courser Hill.
Three years later the father-in-law, ]\Ir. Fellows,
died, and Mr. Macurdy took charge of the store and
carried on the business until 1862. August 11 of
that year Mr. Macurdy, with his brother ]\Iatthew,
enlisted as a private in Company H, Fourteenth
New Hampshire Volunteers, and in October was
made orderly. During the following fall and winter
the regiment was on duty in Washington and along
the Potomac, picketing the river for forty miles and
enduring great hardships. The summer of 1863 was
passed doing guard duty from Harper's Ferry to
Fortress Monroe, and in November of that vear was




commissioned second lieutenant. In the spring of
1864 the regiment was ordered to the Department
of the Gulf, and came near being shipwrecked on the
voyage to New Orleans. After a short service on
the Mississippi the regiment returned to the Potomac

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