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to gain the means with which to pay his tuition and
expense of maintenance. Having chosen the pro-
fession of teaching, Mr. Putney, after graduation,
began his career at South Hadley, Massachusetts,
in the high school in that town, and afterward
taught in Revere, Massachusetts. His work up to
the time of leaving Revere had extended over a
period of fifteen years, and gave to him an excellent
experience. In 1880 he went to Gloucester, Massa-
chusetts, filled a pedagogue's chair there for eight
years, and in 1S88 was appointed superintendent of
schools in that city. On June 17, 1876, Mr. Putney
married Alice C. Knight, born February 4, 1858,
daughter of Rev. Richard Knight, an Englishman
by birth and a clergyman of the Congregational
Church. Mr. and Mrs. Putney have three children:
Freeman, Jr., born June 24, 1877, Brown University.
1899. Walter K., born May 6, 1879, educated at
Brown University and the Massachusetts State Nor-
mal School at Salem, Massachusetts. Willis R.,
born October 31, 1893.

(III) John Putney, progenitor of the Hills-
borough and Cheshire Putneys, was a descendant of
Joseph Putney, and probably his grandson, for the
period of his life was contemporary with that of
those who are known to have been the sons of
David and Daniel Putney, who w^ere sons of Henry,
as has been mentioned. Little is known, .however,
of this John other than that he had a son, John
Tracy Putney.

(IV) John Tracy, son of John Putney, was
born in 1780, and settled in Washington, New
Hampshire, about 1830, where two of his sons after-
ward lived. His wife was Judith Ordway. daugh-
ter and third of nine children born to Eleazer and
Susan (Dow) Ordway, who lived many years at
West Deering and moved from there to Frances-
town about 1815, lived there about nine years and
then returned to West Deering, where Susan died.
Her husband died in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
AVhen John and Judith Putney went to Washington
they settled on a farm on the southeast slope of
Lovewell's mountain, at the place where John Vose
is said to have made the first improvement, but later
on removed to Bradford, New Hampshire, in which
town both of them died.

(V) Andrew Jackson, son of John Tracy and
Judith (Ordway) Putney, was born in Antrim, New
Hampshire, December 15, 1830. and for about twenty
years during the earlier part of his active business
life was a farmer in the town of Bradford, New
Hampshire. From there he moved to Hooksett,
New Hampshire, and carried on lumbering opera-
tions for General Samuel Andrews, but after a little
more than a year went to Melrose, Massachusetts,
and for the next two years engaged in the manu-
facture of shoes. He then returned to New Hamp-
shire and for the next ten years was connected with
the Jones and Gage bobbin works, and afterward
for something like a year and a half was half owner
of that plant and its business ; but soon disposing
of his interest in the works he went to Hillsborough
Bridge, carried on a farm and did other kinds of
work until he was appointed overseer of the town
poor farm. This position he held about six years,
and during the following five years was connected
with his son in the hotel business at Hillsborough
Bridge. Now he is living comfortably on a small
place in the town of Hillsborough. Mr. Putney
married Julia Ann Jones, who was born at Bjook-
line, Massachusetts, 1833, daughter of Nathaniel G.
Jones, and by whom he has two sons : George H.,



born September, 1S56, married Lizzie Diuldleson, of
Waltham, ]\Iassachusetts. and Charles Gordon, now
of Keene. New Hampshire. ]\Irs. Andrew Jackson
Putney died May 11, 1898.

(VI) Charles Gordon, younger of the two sons
of Andrew Jackson and Julia Ann (Jones) Putney,
was born in the town of Washington, New Hamp-
shire, March 2, 1861, and was educated in public
schools. After leaving school he worked with his
father, and in the course of about three years found
a position as clerk in the Valley Hotel in Hills-
borough, and after some three years in that capacity
he bought out Childs Bros., the former proprietors,
and became himself the landlord. Here he made
his real beginning as a practical hotel man and he
made a success of the business from the outset.
After five years' experience in Hillsborough he went
to Boston and became cashier and clerk in the
Quincy House, but at the end of six months took
the management of the Hotel Eagle at Keene, New
Hampshire, and after about seven years there suc-
ceeded to the proprietorship of that well-known
hostelry, in partnership with J. W. Buckminster.
Besides his work in connection with the hotel and
its management J\Ir. Putney deals somewhat exten-
sively in real estate, carries on lumbering operations
and generally finds his time pretty well occupied
with business affairs.

November 23. 1S98, Mr. Putney married ]\Iaud
Russell, born November 21, 1S80, daughter of John
J. Russell, born at Stoneham, Massachusetts. July
21, 1841, and Ella F. (Wood) Russell, born at
Hartford, Vermont, October 18, 1S49. ^Ii"- and
Mrs. Putney have two children : Russell G., born
September 26, 1901 ; and Olande C, born August
26, 1904.

The Nettletons of the town of
NETTLETON Newport and Sullivan county,

New Hampshire, are all descend-
ants of Jeremiah Nettleton, who made a settlement
in the town of Newport in the year 17/9, lived there
about thirty-five years, and at his death left a large
family of children from whom in later years has
come a numerous line of descendants, and in each
succeeding generation from the tims of the settler
there have been men of prominence in the civil,
political and industrial history of the state.

(I) John Nettleton. of Kenihvorth, England, is
mentioned in history as the founder of this particu-
lar branch of the Nettleton family of New England,
but of his antecedents contemporary genealogists
give little information of value. It is known,
however, that he lived about fifty miles west of the
city of London, and that after his immigration to
America was one of the early colonists of Connec-
ticut. He married, and among his children was a
son Joseph.

(II) Joseph, son of John the ancestor, married,
February 18. 1712, Hannah Bushnell. and had a
son Jeremiah.

(III) Jeremiah, son of Joseph and Hannah
(Bushnell) Nettleton, and grandson of John the
ancestor, was of Killingworth, Connecticut, which
appears to have been the principal seat of the family
in that state. The family name of his wife is not
mentioned by any of the earlier chorniclers of Net-
tleton history, but it is known that he married and
that one of his sons was Jeremiah Nettleton. progen-
itor of the family of that surname in New Hamp-

(IV) Jeremiah Nettleton was a descendant of
the fourth generation of John Nettleton, the ances-


tor, and was born in Connecticut, probably at Kill-
ingworth, October 17, 173S, and died in Newport,
New Hampshire, in 1815. He settled in Newport in
1779, having come from Connecticut during that
year with his wife and eight children, the eldest o£
whom was then less than seventeen years old.
Jeremiah settled on what afterward became known
as the Paul farm, and he owned Bald mountain and
the land extending thence southward to the river..
He married, at Killingworth, Connecticut. Novem-
ber 19. 1761, Love Buell, of wdiose ancestors a brief
mention in this place is appropriate. She was at
daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Post) Buell,
granddaughter of Samuel and Judith Buell, great-
granddaughter of Samuel and Deborah (Griswold)
Buell, and great-great-granddaughter of William
and Mary Buell. Jeremiah and Love (Buell) Net-
tleton had nine children, all of whom save the
youngest were born in Connecticut. They were as
follows: Mabel, born November. 15, 1762, married
Aaron Buell. Jr. Charity, July 27, 1764, married a
Air. Story and settled in Goshen. New Hampshire.
Aaron, November 11, 1766, married Alehitable Dow.
Jeremiah, Jr., September 11, 1768, married Lydia
Ledoyt. Nathan, June 21, 1770, married Hannah
Wheeler. Rachel, October 4, 1772, married Joshua
Heath. Deborah, February 11, 1775, married Peter
Stow. Joel, February 6, 1778, married Elizabeth
Dow. Daniel, born in Newport, New Hampshire,
December i, 1780, married (first) Esther Peck, and
(second) Rhoda Ryant.

(V) Joel, eighth child and fourth son of Jere-
miah and Love (Buell) Nettleton, was born in
Killingworth, Connecticut, February 6, 1778, and
was about one year old when he was brought with
his father's family to Newport. Having reached
his majority he became a farmer in the northeast
part of the town, but soon afterward purchased the
old Newport House, which he enlarged and turned
into one of the most famous taverns in that part of
the state, while he himself was one of the most
popular landlords in Sullivan county for many
years ; and in connection with his tavern he was
proprietor of a line of stages. His wife, whom he
married j\Iarch 5. 1805, w^as Elizabeth Dow, daugh-
ter of Jeremiah Dow, and who with her brother
Nathaniel and her sister Mehitable removed from
Salem, New Hampshire, to New^port in 1792 and
settled in the eastern part of the town. Mehitable
Dow afterward married Aaron Nettleton, older
brother of Joel Nettleton. Joel and Elizabeth (Dow)
Nettleton had six children, viz. : Joel Parker, born
August 21, 1806, succeeded his father as landlord of
the Newport House, married Charlotte Lyon, and
died in Connecticut. Mary Hendrick, April 9, 1810,
married Cyrus Walker. Gilbert, Alarch' 24, 1812.
Elizabeth, October 7, 1814, married Zepheniah Hut-
chinson, a noted singer, and settled in Illinois. Persis-
D., July 27, 1818, became the second wife of Cyrus
Walker. Daniel. February 6, 1821.

(VI) Daniel Nettleton, youngest son and child
of Joel and' Elizabeth (Dow) Nettleton, was born
in Newport, New Hampshire, February 6, 1821, and
died in the same town October i, 1S75. His young
life was spent at home with his parents, whom he
helped with the work about the Newport House, but
after he became of age he went to Wilmot, New
Hampshire, and for twelve years carried on a tan-
ning business. He was a capable and successful
business man, and occupied a prominent place in the
public affairs of that town. He was selectman in
1860-61-62, and representative of Wilmot in the gen-
eral court in 1865-66. and after returning to New-

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port was selectman of that town in 1873-74. He
also was actively identified with the state militia, in
which at one time he held the rank and commission
of colonel, hence the military title by which he was
generally addressed — Colonel Nettleton. He was a
man of decisive character and sound judgment.
whether in official or personal business affairs, and
his frank manners and generous disposition won for
him many warm friends and made him one of the
most p0])ular men in Newport, In July. 1850, he
married Ellen C. Wilmarth (see Wilmarth), eldest
daughter of Jonathan M. and Lucy (Cheney) Wil-
marth, and a descendant of some of the best fam-
ilies of New England. Two children were born of
the marriage of Daniel and Ellen C. (Wilmarth)
Nettleton, viz.: Lucy E., born May 27, 1851, and
Fred. H., February 12, 1861. was graduated at New-
port high school, Kimball Union Academ}-, Meriden,
New Hampshire, and Dartmouth College, Hanover,
New Hampshire.

(VH) Lucy E., daughter of Daniel and Ellen
C. (Wilmarth) Nettleton, and a descendant of the
seventh generation of John Nettleton, of Kenil-
worth, England, and Killingworth, Connecticut, was
born in Newport, New Hampshire, May 27, 1851.
She was educated at Colby Academy, New London,
New Hampshire. She married Arthur C. Bradley,
formerly of Vermont and now of Newport, New

The history of this family be-
FOLLANSBEE gins with the early settlement
of New England, and covers a
wide range of this country. It is represented in
New Hampshire in a worthy way by many de-
scendants, as well as through all sections of the
United States.

(I) Thomas Follansbee. sometimes spelled in
the records Follinsby and Follansbury, was a resi-
dent of Portsmouth and Newbury. He is supposed
to have been born about 1640. His first marriage
was before 1672, his wife's Christian name being
Mary. His second wife, Sarah, died in Newbury,
November 6, 1683, and it appears that he was mar-
ried (third), April 4. 1713, in Newbury, to Jane
Moseman, of Boston. He was of Portsmouth from
1665 to 1671, and of Newbury in 1677 and subse-
quently. He was still living in 1713, and probably
in 1726. His children were: Rebecca, Anne, Mary,
Thomas, Francis and Hannah.

(II) Thomas (2), eldest son of Thomas (i)
Follansbee, was born about 1670. He resided in
Newbury, Massachusetts, where he was a house-
wright and an inn holder. His will was made July
30. 1753, and proved June 23, 1755, which indicates
that he died in the early part of the latter year. He
was probably survived by his second wife, Mary,
whom he married after 1724. He was married
(first), June ig. 1694, to Abigail Roafe, who was
probably a daughter of John Bond, of Newbury,
and widow of Ezra Roafe. Their children were:
Mary, Thomas, Francis, and William.

(III) Thomas (3), eldest son and second child
of Thomas (2) and Abigail (Bond) Follansbee.
was born March 28. 1697, in Newbury, where he re-
sided and was still living in 1753. He was married
January 5. 1715, to Hannah March, who was living
in 1726. She was a daughter of Captain Hugh and
Sarah (Moody) March, and granddaughter of Hugh
March, of Newbury, who came from England in the
ship "Confidence" in 1638. The records of New-
bury give only one child of this marriage, who is
mentioned in the succeeding paragraph.

(IV) Thomas (4), son of Thomas (3) and
Hannah (]\Iarch) Follansbee, was born in 1730. and
lived for a time in the town now Danville. He
was married there April 19, 1770, to Martha Collins,
and subsequently removed to the town of Weare,
where he was a pioneer settler.

(V) Samuel, son of Thomas Follansbee, was
born in Weare. New Hampshire, in 1760. The his-
tory of Weare shows him to have been one of the
taxpayers there between 1788 and 1793, inclusive.
The Follansbee name is numerous in Weare to this
day, and a Samuel Follansbee was frequently men-
tioned there during the last generation.

(VI) Levi, son of Samuel Follansbee. was born
in Salisbury, New Hampshire, February 19, 1794.
He married Asenath Goodwin.

(VII) Lucian Augustus, son of Levi and
Asenath (Goodwin) Follansbee, was born in Hill,
New Hampshire, October 16, 1816. He was edu-
cated in the district schools of Hill. He was a suc-
cessful carpenter and farmer. He became a colonel
in the state militia. He was a Republican in poli-
tics, served in the legi>lature, and held all the town
offices: He married Sarah Clark Sargent, daugh-
ter of Ephraim Kendall and Lydya Sargent, of
Warner, New Hampshire. They had nine children,
four of whom grew to maturity. They were :
Ephraim K., born April 19, 1840; Augustus Damon,
horn May 11, 1842; Louisa, born September 26,
1844: and Sarah C, born February 3, 1845. Mrs.
Sarah (Sargent) Follansbee died August 21. 1874,
and her husband survived her eighteen vears, dving
April 16, 1892. Mrs. Sarah Clark (Sargent) Fol-
lansbee was of direct Revolutionary descent. Her
father, Ephraim K. Sargent, born in 1791, at Deer-
field, New Hampshire, was the son of Barnard
Sargent. The name of Barnard Sargent appears on
the roll of minute-men organized at Haverhill,
Massachusetts, in 1773. He is described in that
record as short of stature, light complexioned. curly
haired, a minor. He was in the fight at Lexington
and Concord. -IMassachusetts. He was a member of
the Second Company, First Massachusetts Regi-
ment, and took part at Bunker Hill. During the
retreat from Bunker Hill, while Barnard Sargent
was assisting a feeljle soldier, a cannon ball struck
the soldier, cutting him in two. Barnard Sargent
was with Washington's army at Valley Forge,
where he contracted smallpox. In 1779 there is a
record that the government was owing him eighty-
two pounds seven shillings, English money. In 17S0
Barnard Sargent married Judith Hanaford. at Con-
cord, New Hampshire. The muster rolls show that
on March 8. 1781, Barnard Sargent, age twenty-
seven, enlisted for three years from Deerfield, New
Hampshire. The date of discharge is not given,
but the records show that Sargent was owed sixty-
five pounds ten shillings at that time. At the pri-
vate's usual rate of pay, not to exceed two pounds
a month, this would give him a service .of three and
a half years for the first enlistment, and two years
and nine months the second time.

(VIII) Augustus Damon, second son of Lucian
Augustus and Sarah (Sargent) Follansbee, was
born in Hill, New Hampshire, May 11, 1842. He
was educated in the district schools of Danville,
New Hampshire. He came to Sutton about 1862,
and bought a farm of two hundred and twenty-five
acres, making a specialty of raising fine stock. He
was a Republican in politics, and was chairman of
the board of selectmen in 1894-95-96. He was road
surveyor and supervisor. He was greatly interested
in temperance, and belonged to several societies for
promoting the cause. He attended the Advent



Church. He married Sarah M. Messer and they
had four children. The eldest died young; the
other.-; were: Sarah G., Ada Matilda, born January
16, 1866, and Charles Reuben, born April 15, 1870.

(IX) Charles Reuben, son of Augustus and
Sarah (Messer) Follansbee, was born in North
Sutton, April 15. 1870. He was educated in the
district schools of North Sutton and at New Lon-
don Academy. In April, 1891. he was graduated
from Bryant & Stratton's well-known business col-
lege at Manchester, New Hampshire. He first tried
his hand at stonecutting ; but not caring for that, he
came back to Sutton in 1897, and went into the hotel
business. The Follansbee is a large, convenient
hotel, situated at the lower end of Keyser lake, and
its popularity is widespread. He also owns two
roomy cottages, and in the summer time the accom-
modations are not equal to the demand. He also
manages a hundred acre farm and does considerable
in the dairy line. He is a Republican, and active in
politics. He was selectman in 1895-96-97-98. He
was on the school board from 1894 to 1900. He
was road agent for two years, and represented his
town in the legislature of 1905. He is an Odd Fel-
low, and past noble grand of Heidelberg ' Lodge,
No. 92. of New London. He attends the Univer-
salist Church. He married Nellie Belle Pressey,
daughter of John and Betsey R. Pressey, of Sutton,
New Hampshire. They were married September
J24. 1894, and have two children: Harold John, born
August 26, 1895, and Winthrop. born October 27,
1896. Mrs. Follansbee is active in church work.

Sometime within the next half
GUNNISON score of years after the planting
of the colony at Plymouth in 1620,
there came to New England five immigrant families
who bore the surnames of Scammon. Frost. Bryar
and Raynes, two having the same name. These are
said to have been families of English birth and
origin, and that with them came one of another
nationality— a Swede, young, strong and of good
appearance, whose name was Hugh Gunnison,
founder of the first family of that name in New

It may be said, however, that early New England
records are not quite clear in respect to the date of
birth, the year of landing and the events of the early
life of Hugh Gunnison, or in respect to the date of
his first marriage, the family name of his first wife
and the precise number of his children; but the best
information drawn from all reliable sources, supple-
mented with well preserved family tradition, indi-
cate that he was born about the. year 1610, and came
to New England probably in 1630 ; that the colonists
of whose number he was one entered Piscataqua
harbor before there was any habitation of man at
Portsmouth and when there were only two small
huts on Great Island (New Castle). His later move-
ments, so far as the records searched tend to throw
light on the matter, cannot be. given with any safe
degree of accuracy, but generally it may be said
that he was first of Vintner, New Hampshire, then
of Boston, and later of Kittery, Maine3 where he
died September 21. 1658.

(I) Hugh Gunnison was in Boston as early
as 1634, and on May 25. 1636, with sixty-eight
•others" subscribed to the test oath and was accepted
:as a freeman. In the distribution of lands to the
freemen of Boston on January g, 1637, there was
allotted to "Brother Hugh Gunnison at the Mount
for three heads," indicating that he then had a wife
and one child, although "Records of Boston" says
that Sarah Gunnison, daughter of Hugh Gunnison

and Elizabeth his wife, was born December 14, 1637.
I'rom the same source it is learned that Elizabeth
Ciunnison, daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Gun-
nison, was born February 25, 1640, and also that
their third child. Deborah Gunnison, was born in
August, 1642. It may be well to state in this con-
nection that Sarah was not the first born of Hugh
and Elizabeth Gunnison, but that their first child
died in extreme infancy. Elizabeth, first wife of
Hugh Gunnison, died November 25, 1646 (Records
of Boston), and after her death he married Sarah
Lynn, who bore him two sons, Joseph, born January
31, 1649, and Elihu, born February 12, 1650. In
November, 1637, Hugh Gunnison was one of fifty-
eight of "the best citizens of Boston" who were
charged with complicity in the Hutchinson heresy,
and for that offense were deprived of the privilege
of bearing arms. He must have gone from Boston
to Kittery, in Maine, before 165 1, for in that year
he was noticed by the grand jury of that town. In
1654 (date of May 3). he was representative of
Wells to the general court.

(II) Elihu, sixth child and youngest son of
Hugh Gunnison, was born in Boston, February 12,
1650, and died after March 29, 1729. He was a
shipwright by business occupation and a man of
considerable influence among the townsmen. In
16S0 he joined with other inhabitants of York, Kit-
tery and Wells in an address to Charles II, praying
to be relieved of the Puritan government of Boston,
and in the same year he was acting magistrate. His
name does not appear in the public records of Kit-
tery before the year 1693, when he was chosen se-
lectman, in which capacity he continued to serve
until 1710. On May 9, 1693, he was appointed with
others to give instructions to the deputy of the
representatives to the general court at Boston.
From 1699 to 1726 he was moderator of the town.
Elihu Gunnison married, first, November 10. 1674,
at Dover, New Hampshire, Martha Trickee, who
died before November 23, 1765. The christian name
of his second wife was Elizabeth, but her family
name is unknown. By his first wife Elihu Gunnison
had four children, and two by his second wife.
Mentioned in the order of birth these children were
as follows: Elihu, born in Dover, New Hampshire;
a child, born in Dover and afterward killed by the
Indians ; Priscilla, born at Kittery. and married
Nicholas Weeks; Mary, married Joseph Weeks;
Joseph ; Elizabeth, married John Walker.

(III) Joseph, son of Elihu Gunnison and Eliza-
beth, his wife, was born October 14', 1690, and died
September 8, 1748. He was by trade a shipwright,
following the occupation of his father : and he was
a pious man, upright in his daily walk, and exer-
cised an influence for good in the community in
which he lived. He w-as admitted to the church
April 14. 1720, and was elected deacon April 2, 1731.
On July 15, 1724, he was made clerk of the parish of
Kittery. He married four times : First, Susanna
Follett; second, Elizabeth Lewis; third, Margaret
Wilson, and fourth. Susanna Ayers. His children,
in the order of birth, were : Samuel, John, David,
William. Christopher. Benjamin. Margaret, William
(the second child so named), Elizabeth and Lydia.

(IV) Samuel, eldest son and child of Joseph
Gunnison, of whom mention is made in the preced-
ing paragraph, and of the fourth generation of the
descendants of Hugh Gunnison and Sarah his wife.
was born in Kittery, Maine, January 27, 1720-T, and
to him is accorded the honor of having founded in
New Hampshire that particular branch of the Gun-
nison family whose representatives in succeeding
generations have been so prominently identified



with the best interests and history of Sullivan
county for nearly a century and a half of years.
Samuel Gunnison was a carpenter in Kittery until

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