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burned by the Indians on February 29, 1794, and
three of his children were slain or burned with the
house. His wife was carried away captive by the-



Indians and killed on the way to Canada. He had
eleven children in all.

(II) Ebenezer Nims was captured at the des-
truction of Deertield, Februar}' 2g, 1704, as was also
his future wife, Sarah Hoyt. She was born May
6, 1686, in Deerfield, and died there January 11, 1761.
She was a daughter of David and Sarah (Wilson)
Hoyt. While in Canada, Ebenezer Nims was
adopted by a squaw. An Indian chief desired to
marry Miss Hoyt, but she refused and was mar-
ried, while still a captive, to Ebenezer, in Canada,
where their first child was born. After great dif-
ficulty ]\Ir. Nims and his wife were redeemed by
Stoddard and Williams, in 1814, after having been
captives ten years, and they returned to Deerfield,
where he lived on his father's farm for many years.
He w-as born IMarch 14, 1687, in Deerfield, and died
there in 1762.

(III) David Nims was married June 20, 1742,
to Abigail Hawkes, daughter of Eleazer and Abi-
gail (Wells) Hawkes. She was born October 17,
1719, in Deerfield, and died July 13, 1799, in Sullivan,
New Hampshire. David Nims. went to Keene with
the earliest settlers in 1740, and in that year was
granted ten acres of uplands in Keene for the hazard-
ing of his life and estate by living there in order
to bring forward the settling of the place. Later
he was granted one hundred four acres in that part
of the town which is now Roxbury, and this has
continued in the possession and occupancy of his
descendants down to the present time. He was
chosen by the proprietors of Keene as their scribe
as _early as July 25, 1737, and he was also chosen
as the town clerk and treasurer of Keene at the
first town meeting, May 2, 1753. He held the office
almost continually until 1776. A quaint portrait
of him was made by the artist, Jeremiah Stiles, as
he used to look upon the street, which portrait now
hangs in the city hall at Keene. One of his de-
scendants, the late Colonel F. C. Nims, has placed
an elegant monument over his grave in the Wash-
ington street Cemetery. He was the father of ten

(IV) David (2) Nims was married January
I, 1768, to Jemima Carter, who was born September
14, 1747, in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and died in
Roxbury, New Hampshire, January 29, 1832. She
was the daughter of Samuel and Jemima (Hough-
ton) Carter. David Nims lived in Roxbury, on
the farm originally granted to his father, already
mentioned. He had a family of ten children.

(V) Roswell Nims was married January i,
1810, to Sarah Wilson, who was born April 16,
1789, in Sullivan, New Hampshire, and died Oc-
tober 24, in Keene. Thomas Wilson was the first
English settler in Dublin, New Hampshire. Ros-
well Nims was a prosperous farmer, spending his
early life in Sullivan, and his last days were passed
on the Beech Hill Farm. He was the father of
twelve children.

(VI) Chester Nims was born February 20,
1817, in Keene, and died in that tov^^n April 26,
1872. He succeeded his father on the old Beech
Hill Farm, and was a successful farmer and promi-
nent in public affairs. He was a man of broad ideas,
inflexible integrity, and good administrative ability.
He was repeatedly chosen by the town to fill im-
portant municipal offices. He served ten years upon
the board of selectmen, several years as its chair-
man. His term of service covered the anxious
years of the Civil war. During that period, he was
most efficient in procuring enlistments and attend-
ing to the wants and needs of wives, widows, and

children of the soldiers. His sound judgment of
values and the care which he exercised in super-
vising appropriations and expenditures were highly
appreciated throughout his ofiicial career.

April 4, 1842, he married Cynthia Maria Wilder,
who was born March 16, 1S20, in North Leomin-
ster, Massachusetts, and died August 11, 1881, in
Keene. Their children were: i. Emily W., born
May 23, 1845, married Henry W. Nims, of Keene,
has one child, William Chester. 2. Frank W., born
September 14, 1848, married Jennie I. Munroe, has
two living children : James Alexander and Gladys.
3. Charles R., born July 25, 185 1, died IMay 3,
1855. 4. Mary Elizabeth, born September 23, 1853.
5. George Adams, born November 6, 1855, died April

23, 1906. 6. William Frost, born September 17,.
1857, died November 25, 1903. 7. Louis A., see
forward. 8. Frederick C, born February 4, 1866,
married Harriet Parker, no children.

(VII) Louis Arthur Nims was born October

24, 1862, in Keene. He was educated in the schools
of Keene, and fitted himself for an active business
life rather than for a profession. He inherited from
his father a natural aptitude for business, being a
man of sound judgment with respect to values, and
a careful calculator in buying and selling. He
established a market in Keene, in connection with
his brother Fred C, in 1891, and has built up a
highly prosperous trade. He has been careful to-
maintain the highest standards, not only with res-
pect to the quality of the goods which he sells,
but also as respects the character and quality of his
help and his general methods of doing business.
In this way, he has won the respect and good will
of the community, which has implicit confidence in
him and in his business methods. About two years
ago, in 1905, in conjunction wath his brother Fred.
C, he succeeded to the livery business of his de-
ceased brother, George A., near the Cheshire House,
in Keene. Louis attends to the business of the
market and Fred. C. manages the stable. Louis
has one son in the Worcester (Massachusetts)
Polytechnic Institute. He has a handsome resi-
dence upon Park avenue, provided with every com- ■
fort, where he dispenses a kind and liberal hos-
pitality. He has been much interested in the fire
department of Keene, of which he has been eighteen
years a member, and has been its chief for two
years. He has added greatly to its efficiency and
brought it to a high degree of perfection. He is
a useful man in many ways and much esteemed by
his fellow townsmen. He belongs to several social
orders, including the Patrons of Husbandry, the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the
Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the Unitarian
Club of Keene. He was married October 14, 1885,
in Keene, to Martha A. Cutler, who was born in
that town July 14, 1865, daughter of Charles H. and
Eliza (Burnham) Cutler. Mr. and Ivlrs. Nim? are
the parents of three sons : Stewart A., born April
2, 1887; Robert C, born i\Iarch 29, 1890, died
February 13, 1906; and Oscar B., bo'rn February
15. 1892.

This good old English name appeared
POND in New England at an early date, and
its bearers are now numerous in lioth
eastern and western states. Many of them have-
won distinction, and all have been reputable citi-

(I) Robert Pond and his wife Mary were early
arrivals at Dorchester, Massachusetts. They had
sons Daniel and Robert. The latter settled in

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Milton. ]\Iary survived her husband and was mar-
ried a second time to Edward Shepard, of Cam-

(II) Daniel, son of Robert and Mary Pond,
settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, about 1652, and
on March 30 of that year he purchased land of
Nathaniel Fuller. He also owned land in that part
of Dedham which was set off as the town of
Wrentham in 1661. He died February 4, 1697-98.
In 1651 he married Abigail Shepard, daughter of
Edward Shepard (previously referred to) by the
latter's first union. She died July 5, 1661, and on
September 18 of the same year Daniel married for
his second wife Ann Edwards, who survived him.
The children of his first union were: Abigail, born
at Dedham, Massachusetts, May g, 1652, married
March 26, 1678, John Day. Daniel, died March
4, 1661-62. John. Ephraim, baptized July 6, 1656.
Rachael, baptized September 5, 1658. Hannah, born
July 27, 1660. Those of his second union were :
Daniel, born February 17, 1663. Robert, born Au-
gust 5, 1667. William, born September 20, 1669,
probably the William Pond who died in Dedham,
November 16, 1723. No record of marriage. Caleb,
born December 13, 1672. Joshua, born INIarch 11,
1674, died February 24, 1676. Jabez, born January
6, 1677. Sarah, born May 10, 1679, married, June
14, 1698, Eleazer Holbrook, of Sherborn.

(III) Robert, fifth son and eighth child of
Daniel Pond, was born in Dedham, August 5. 1667.
He resided in Wrentham, where he followed the oc-
cupation of a house carpenter, and he became the
owner of considerable real estate. In certain records
of deeds he is called captain. His death occurred
July 31, 1750, and on August 22 following his son
Baruch was appointed executor of his will, which
disposed of property valued in the inventory of
one hundred and eighty-four pounds. The date of
his marriage with Joanna Lawrence, his first wife,
does not appear in the records of either Dedham or
Wrentham. On January 16, 1728-29, he married
for his second wife Abigail Fisher, and his third
wife, whom he married November 17. 1747, was
Mrs. Sarah Shuttleworth, a widow. His children
were : Anne, Sarah, three Roberts, each of whom
■died young; Ezra, Ichabod, Baruch and Eunice,
all of whom were of his first union.

(IV) Ichabod, fifth son and seventh child of
Robert and Joanna (Lawrence) Pond, was born
in Wrentham, May 31, 1699. In January, 1722. he
received by conveyance from his father the latter's

.estate on Mine Brook, Wrentham, consisting of a
valuable farm and a new house, together with the
cattle, farm implements and all personal property
therein contained. He married (first). May 30, 1721,
Milcah Farrington, who was the mother of all his
•children; (second), May 25, 1747, Deborah Thurs-
ton; and (third), September 28, 1762, ]\Iehitable.
widow of John Aldis. Her death, which occurred
February 26, 1785, was speedily followed by that of
her husband, who died in Franklin, INIay 2, of the
same year, leaving no will. He was the father of
twelve' children: Mercy, born June 11, 1723; Elisha,
March 25, 1725; Ichabod, December 3, 1726; Nathan,
October 27. 1728; Meletiah, September 12, 1730;
Benjamin, March 21, 1732; Esther, March 14,
1734; Eunice, March i, 1736; Lois, September 17,
1737, married, January 6, 1757. Henry Daniel ;
Jonathan, October 19, 1740; Eli, February 16, 1743;
Amos, June 2, 1745.

(V) Jonathan, sixth son and tenth child of
Ichabod and Milcah (Farrington) Pond, was born
in Wrentham, October 19, 17^0. He settled in

Keene, New Hampshire, where on 'Slay 12, 1766,
he purchased of Daniel Kingsbury two lots of land,
and is supposed to have resided there for the re-
mainder of his life. He was married October 6,
1763, to Thankful Thomson, of Bellingham, Massa-
chusetts, who died at Keene, September, 1820, aged
seventy-seven years. She was the mother of seven
children, all of whom were probably born in Keene,
and their names were : Matilda, Phineas, Thank-
ful, Fransena, Rhoda, Philester and Pamelia.

(VI) Philester, second son and sixth child of
Jonathan and Thankful (Thomson) Pond, was bap-
tized in Keene, September 17, 1780. The greater
part of his life was spent upon a fa.rm in Keene,
but he resided a few years in Orange and he died
in Walpole, New Hampshire. He married Rhoda
Howard, daughter of Nathan Howard, of Surry,
this state, and her death occurred in that town.
Their children were : Luman, Thankful. Jonathan,
Amos, Henry, Theodocia, Pamelia, William and
Mary E.

(VII) Henry, fourth son and fifth child of
Philester and Rhoda (Howard) Pond, was born at
Keene, in September, 1818. He was first apprenticed
to a blacksmith, but not liking that calling he ^tried
the printer's trade in the office of the Keene
Sentinel, with which he was also dissatisfied, and
he finally learned the hatter's trade. _ Establishing
himself in the hat manufacturing business at Win-
chester, New Hampshire, he remained there a few
years. Upon returning to Keene he purchased the
Anderson Hat Manufactory where he had learned
his trade, and he subsequently acquired large inter-
ests in that line of trade, having branch stores in
Burlington, St. Albans, Brattleboro, and Rutland,
Vermont ; in Claremont, New Hampshire, and

. Greenfield, Massachusetts. He also engaged ^quite
extensively in the manufacture of brick at Keene,
and was a successful as well as an able business
man. About 1864 he sold the Anderson business
on account of failing health and went abroad.
Among the changes made in Keene in the decade
ending 1S60 was that of the Cheshire House, pur-
chased and remodelled by Mr. Pond, who added the
south wing with stores on the ground floor and a
hall above, forty by seventy-six feet, seventeen feet
high, also large stables in the rear. In 1862 Mr.
Pond served as representative to the state legislature.
He was always interested in the welfare of his
town, and no one was more active in promoting its
business prosperity than he, attempting more than
his health would permit of, and his death occurred
in Roxbury, Massachusetts, January, 1866, at the
age of forty-eight years. Beaver Brook Lodge,_ No.
36, Independent Order of Odd Fellowsi was insti-
tuted at the town hall in Keene, March 17, 1851.
"Henry Pond and nine other candidates were a^t
this time initiated into the mysteries of the order."
After the initiation the lodge was fully organized
for the work of the order, and Henry Pond was
appointed left supporter noble grand. About July
T4, 1852, the lodge moved into a new hall that Mr.
Pond had fitted up in the brick block at the head of
Central Square, he having purchased it and added
fourteen feet to the west end thereof. This hall
was occupied by the lodge until 1883. Mr. Pond was
also a member' of the Masonic fraternity. In April,
1842, he married Amelia N. Wilson, daughter of
Oliver and Nancy Wilson. She died shortly after-
wards and he married her sister Harriet, who sur-
vived him. Of his second union there were two
sons, Charles H., born January i. 1844, died August
18 of the same year, and Herbert. Mrs. Harriet






Pond was married a second time to a ]Mr. Briggs,
of Keene. She died March 2, 1895, aged sixty-six
years, eight months and twenty-eight days.

(VIII) Herbert, second son and child of Henry
and Harriet (Wilson) Pond, was born in Keene,
August 7, 1848. He was educated at Miss Julia
Hall's private school, the public schools of Keene,
including the high school, Powers' private school,
Boston, and Bryant and Stratton's Business Col-
lege, New York" City. Since attaining his majority
he has devoted his energies to the care of his finan-
cial interests in Keene, and he has given consider-
able attention to improving real estate and the erec-
tion of buildings. Politically he acts with the Re-
publican party. He attends the First Congregational
Church, of which his wife is a member. Septem-
ber 22, 1897, he married Mrs. Mertie Eliza Tyler,
nee Seaver, who was born in Harrisville, February
18, 186S, daughter of Sewall Abijah and Maria
Lucy (Derby) Seaver, the latter of whom was born
in Dublin, this state, October 9, 1838.

Robert Seaver came from England in the ship
"jNIarj^ and John" in 1633-34, and settled in Rox-
bury,' [Massachusetts. He had a numerous family.
One of the sons, Nicholas, dropped the a from the
name, and possibly others may have done the same.
His son William settled in Kingston and built the
house now standing and used for a summer home,
in 1760. The Seaver genealogy is very imperfect.
It follows out the lines of only three of the sons
, of the original Robert Seaver and those not in
full. Robert Seaver had four sons and three daugh-
ters ; one daughter died in infancy. One line as near
as it has been able to be traced it is as follows : Rob-
ert I., Nathaniel 2., John 3., Nathaniel 4., Abijah 5.,
Benjamin 6., and Benjamin 7., born in 1795, who
served in the capacity of mayor of Boston. The
line from which those of the name in this sketch
trace their ancestry, was Robert i., Nathaniel 2.,
John 3., Nathaniel 4., Abijah 5., Benjamin 6., Wil-
liam G. G. F. ,7., William 8., Sewall A. g., Mertie
E. 10. (Seaver) Pond. William Seaver, first of the
name above mentioned, lived in Roxbury, Massa-
chusetts, and owned considerable property for those
days, Seaver street, so called, being a part of the
old Seaver estate. He married, December 14, i795-
96, Lucy Heath, and their children were : Eliza-
beth C, born October 2, 1797, married a Hayward,
of Dublin, New Hampshire, and died April 2, 1835.
William, born December 31, 1798, died March 23,
1867. Abijah, born October 4, 1800, died May 5,
1823. A son born January 9, 1803, died January
24, i8ft3. Lucy Heath, born August 4, 1805, died
August 14, 1805. William Seaver, Jr., son of Wil-
liam and Lucy (Heath) Seaver, of Roxbury, Mas-
sachusetts, came to what was then called Nelson,
New Hampshire, now Harrisville, when quite a
young man. He purchased a large farm which was
considered one of the best in the town, and which
now belongs to one of his grandsons. He married,
July 15, 1823, Susan Gurler, of Keene, New Hamp-
shire, daughter of Thomas Gurler and

Farwell. The Guirlers and Farwells were among
the earliest settlers of that section, coming from
]Marblehead, ^Massachusetts, to Nelson, now Harris-
ville, and taking up adjoining farms as early as
1772. Afterward the Gurlers removed to Keene,
New Hampshire. Children of William and Susan
(Gurler) Seaver: George W.. born in Nelson, No-
vember 2, 1823 ; Lucy Ann, born in Nelson, May
I. 1825 : Charles C, born in Nelson, August 26,
1826; William W., born in Nelson, July 15, 183 1 ;
Sewall Abijah, born in Nelson, November 12, 1833,
died at Harrisville, New Hampshire, June, 1875;

Edward Lorin, born in Nelson, May 3, 1836, died
unmarried at Harrisville, New Hampshire ; Albert
Andrew, born in Nelson. May 17, 1841, died at
Harrisville, New Hampshire.

Among other things tradition tells
PINKHAM us that the ancestor of the Pink-
hams of this article came from the
Isle of Wight, but there is no historical evidence
to support it. However, Richard Pinkham early
and his descendants to the ninth and tenth genera-
tion are inhabitants of New Hampshire. Staunch
dispositions have been characteristics of the mem-
bers of the race.

(I) Richard Pinkham, the settler, was at Dover
as early as 1640, for on October 22, 1640, the in-
habitants of Dover established or renewed a formal
government, and the name of Richard Pinkham
is attached to the document they then prepared.
Quint's History of Dover, edited by John Scales,
speaking of him in 1852 ; says : "The spot where
he early dwelt is said to be the same on which
stood the Pinkham garrison, which Richard after-
wards made his habitation. The precise situation
of this is easily pointed out, insomuch as it con-
tinued to be the dwelling house until one side fell
down seven and twenty years ago ; that event ren-
dered it necessary for the family to remove, which
they did as soon as possible, into a new house about
five rods from the old one." This fortress was on
Dover Neck, and there Richard lived and died.
His character must have been good, else he would
not have been placed in the public position he was.
The town records of Dover show under date of
"27 of the 9mo., 164S :" It is this day ordered at
a publique Towne meeting that Richard Pinkham
shall beat the drum on the Lord's day to give notice
for the time of meeting and to sweepe the meeting-
house for the which he shall be allowed six bushels
of Indyan corn for his pay this yeare, and to bee
free from rates." Richard Pinkham's name is on
the list of those of Dover Neck and Cocheco who
were assessed the "Provision Rate" in 1675. His
name was also on the list of those similarly taxed
at Oyster River, but opposite his name and the
names of some others the word "nothing" was
entered, showing he was not required to pay the
rate there. Richard Pinkhom was granted lot 24.
containing twenty acres, within the division of land
on the west side of Back river, in 1642. June 12,
1671, Richard Pincom granted to John Pincom (his
son) his house, lands, meadow, orchard, household
goods, cattle, etc., for which John agrees to support
his father "in a christian Way" and give him every
year four pounds. June 22 following, Richard
granted John his three and one-half acre lot with
orchard, for twelve pounds. After this he is heard
no more. So far as known he left three children :
Richard, John and Thomas.

(II) John, son of Richard Pinkham, was born
about 1644, and died August 27, 1724, aged about
eighty. He was first taxed on Dover Neck in 1665.
"He first assumed the care of his father, legally,
and took possession of the homestead in 1671, just
before the time it became necessarj' to build garri-
sons and carry guns to meeting. He was a man of
good ability, acquired property and distributed it
as follows : To his eldest son Richard, land at
Cohoes, June 19, 1714; to his son Otis, land March
16, 1722; to his son Amos, July 4, 1715, certain
lands on condition that he pay to each of his sisters
five pounds. This land and conditions were trans-
ferred to his brother Otis, August 8, 1720. He
married Rose Otis, daughter of Richard Otis, of



Cocheco, who was a prominent man and an officer
of the colony whose name api^ears often on the
records of his time. Rose Otis was one of the
inhahitants of the Otis garrison which was captured
by the Indians ; and after the peace of Casco, Janu-
ary 9, 1699, she (with others of her family) was re-
turned, and later married John Pinkham. They
had at least nine children : Richard, Thomas, Amos,
Otis, Solomon, James, Rose, Elizabeth and Sarah.
(IK) Otis, fourth son of John and Rose (Otis)
Pinkham, inherited the old homestead and resided
there until the time of his death about 1763. The
inventory of his estate was returned November 30,
1764. by his widow. He married "22 9mo. 1721,''
Abigail Tibbetts, who was born "12 6mo. 1701,"
daughter of Ephraim and Rose (Austin) Tibbetts.
Their children were : Samuel, Ann, Rose, Paul,
and John, whose sketch follows.

(IV) John (2), youngest child of Otis and
Abigail (Tibbetts) Pinkham, was born August 29,
1739. and died August 14, 1815, aged seventy-six.
He inherited from his father the homestead, garri-
sqn and all. He married Phebe Tibbetts, who was
born in Rochester, April 5, 1744. and died January
24, 1823, aged seventy-nine. Their children were :
EHzabeth, Otis, Edmund, Elijah, Joseph and Benja-
min (twins), Enoch, Sai'ah, Nicholas, Abigail,
Phebe, John and Samuel.

(V) Joseph, fifth child and fourth son of John
(2) and Pheb^ (Tibbetts) Tinkham, and twin of
Benjamin, was born January 18, 1772, and lived in
Tuftonborough, where he died April 18, 1842, aged
seventy. He married Sally Young, of Dover, who
was born May 2, 1775, and died September 5. 1868,
aged ninety-three. They had children : William,
IMartha. Enoch, Hannah, jNIary (died young),
Richard, John, Mary, Charles, Lewis, Hollis, David
and George Washington.

(VI) John (3), seventh child and fourth son
of Joseph and Sally (Young) Pinkham, was born
in Wolfborough, January, 1804, and died in New-
market, August 3, 1832, aged twenty-eight. He
married Mrs. Betsey (Smith) Doe, who was born
May 22, 1790, and died August 31, 1866, aged seventy-
six. Their children were : Ann Elizabeth, Joseph,
Hollis Hamden and Lydia IMiranda.

(VII) Hollis Hamden, third child and second
son of John (3) and Betsey (Smith) (Doe) Pink-
ham, w^as born in Newmarket, September 22, 1829,
and died March 9, 1897. He was educated in the
common schools of Newmarket, and learned the
carpenter's trade, and later the tailor's trade with
his brother Joseph. Finally he went into the re-
tailing of shoes, and followed that occupation until
his death. Originally a Jacksonian Democrat, he
kept pace with the progress of the world, and at
the outbreak of the Rebellion became a Republican
and adhered to that faith as long as he lived. He
married, October 9, 1854, at Casco, Maine, Abbie
INleserve Pinkham. who w'as born in Dover, Sep-
tember 29, 1833, daughter of William and Martha
(Hill) Pinkham. She died April 5, 1901. Their
children were: Frank Herbert and Ernest Percy,
both of whom receive further mention below.

(VIII) Frank Herbert, eldest son and child
of Hollis H. and Abbie M. (Pinkham) Pink-
ham, was born in Casco, Maine, October 9, 1854,
and educated in the common schools of Newmarket

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