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and at Tilton Seminary, Tilton, New Hampshire.
He learned the printer's trade, and in 1875 founded
the Netinnarkct Advertiser, Newmarket, New Hamp-
shire, which he has since successfully edited and
published. He is senior partner in the firm of
Pinkham & Neal, proprietors of a restaurant and

lunch room at Newmarket. In politics he is a
Republican. He has filled the office of town treas-
urer eight terms, and is now (1907) serving his
eleventh year as treasurer of the school district.
He is a member of numerous fraternal and social
organizations. He is a member of Rising Star
Lodge, No. 47, Free and Accepted Masons, of New-
market, of which he is a past master, and is now
serving as secretary; Pioneer Lodge, No. i. Knights
of Pythias, of Newmarket; Lamprey River Grange,
No. 240, ir'atrons of Husbandry ; is a member of
Pocasset Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men ; past
warden and past supreme representative of the New
England Order of Protection, with membership in
Piscataqua Lodge, No. 72; member of North Star
Lodge, No. 259, Knights of Honor, of Dover; and
the Pascatoquack Club of Newmarket. He mar-
ried, April 22, 1875, at Lake Village, now Laconia,
New Hampshire, Marion L. Ritchie, w^ho was born
March 13, 1854, daughter of William K. and Ade-
laide (Kent) Ritchie, of Everett, Massachusetts.
They have two children : Bessie j\Iae, born March
30, 1880; and Ada JNIarion, J\Iay 23, 1884. Bessie
M. is the wife of Clarence ii. Neal, and Ada M.
is the wife of Amede Magnon, both of Newmar-

(VIII) Ernest Percy, second son of Hollis H.
and Abbie M. (Pinkham) Pinkham, was born in
Newmarket, February 9, 1862. He learned the
printer's trade in the Advertiser 'ofiice in New-
market, and later was foreman of the Cape Eliza-
beth Sentinel, at what is now South Portland, "Maine.
From January, 1884, to January, 1889, he was a
clerk in the shoe store of the late John L. Board-
man in Newmarket. On the latter date he bought
his employer's stock in trade, and has since con-
ducted a successful and constantiv increasing trade.
In December, 1892, he bought out the fire insurance
business of the late Timothy Murray, and since that
time has also conducted an insurance business. His
political faith is Republican, and he has been elected
to various offices by his party. He was town clerk
in 1903-04; representative in the general court,
1898-99; selectman, 1902-03; has been secretary of
the school board since March, 1Q04; and was elected
town treasurer on the Citizen's ticket in 1906. He
is socially and fraternally connected with many
orders whose object is the enhancement of the
happiness of mankind. He is a member of Swamo-
scott Lodge, No. 8, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Newmarket, of which he was elected
noble grand in 1889, and of which since July, 1890,
he has continuously been secretary; member of
Star of Hope Rebekah Lodge, No. 19; a member of
Rising Star Lodge, No. 47, Free and Accepted Ma-
sons; a charter member of Lamprey River Grange,
No. 240, Patrons of Husbandry, of which he was
the first secretary, and of which he was master in
1902-03. June II, 1903, he joined Pioneer Lodge.
No. I, Knights of Pythias, in which he served two
terms as chancellor commander, and in which he is
now keeper of the records and seals ; member of
Pascatquack Club, a social club of Newmarket.
He married, in Saco, Maine, November 10, 1886,
Estella Merrow Ham, who was born in North
Shapleigh, Maine, March 31, 1868, daughter of
Norris S. and Mary A. (Milliken) Ham, of Saco,
Maine. They have two children : Beatrice, born in
Saco Maine, June 15, 1891 ; and Helen, in New-
market, New Hampshire, December 21, 1895.

French Huguenots of this name

PARMENTER fled to England in 1520 to escape

massacre. The name is variously

written Parmenter, Parmiter and Parmeter. John



Parmenter,\vlio came from England to Massachusetts,
is said to be the ancestor of all the Parmenters in
JSTew England.

John Parmenter, Sr., with his son John, was
among the first settlers and proprietors of Sudbury,
and took the freeman's oath May 13, 1640. He was
selectman in 1641, and he (or his son) was on a
-committee of inspection into the moral condition of
families, etc., February 28, 1665, and selectman in
1660, and deacon. In 1654 he was agent at Sud-
l)ury for Herbert Pelham, Esq., and Captain Wil-
liam ; also for Thomas Walgrave, Esq. He re- ■
moved from Sudbury to Roxbury, where in 1670
he sold to Thomas Rice, of Marlboro, several par-
cels of land in Sudbury. He died May I, 1671,
aged eighty-three. He married (first) in England,
Bridget , who died April 6, 1660; (sec-
ond) in Roxbury, August 9, 1660, Annis Dane,
widow of John Dane.

John (2), only child of John (i) Parmenter,
mentioned in Massachusetts records, was born in
England, and came to Massachusetts with his par-
ents. He was among the first proprietors of Sud-
bury, and took the freeman's oath, ]\Iay 10, 1643.
He bought a house lot in Sudbury in 1642, and in
1649 sold his house and other property in Sudbury.
He or his father was one of Major Willard's
troopers at Dedham in 1654, and the "mayor's man."
In 1665. he was allowed to keep a house of enter-
tainment at Sudbury. He died at Sudbury, April
12, 1666, and his will was proved the same year.
His wife Amy died in 1681. Their children were:
John, Joseph, George, ]\Iary, Benjamin and Lydia.

(1) Martin Parmenter, was a native of Con-
necticut, and settled in Pittsfield, Vermont, where the
remainder of his life was spent.

(H) Martin (2), son of Martin (i) Parmen-
ter, was born in Pittsfield, February 19, 1816, and
•died October 14, 1863. He was educated in the com-
mon schools, and devoted his whole life to agri-
cultural pursuits. He attended the Methodise
Church, and voted the Republican ticket after the
organization of that party. He was married March
3. 1846, to Louise Holt, who w^as born in Pittsfield,
Vermont, February 11, 1816. She was the daughter
of Erastus Holt, who removed from Connecticut to
Vermont, wdiere he afterwards resided. Six chil-
dren were born of this union : Alonzo, Sevilla,
James F., George R., Ada and Charles H. Alonzo
was a member of the Fourteenth Vermont Volun-
teers in the war of the Rebellion, and died of dis-
ease at Pensaccla. Florida. Sevilla married Thomas
Smith, of Brookfield, Vermont. James F. is a
retail grocer in Brookfield, Vermont. George R.
resides in Concord, New Hampshire. Ada died at
the age of nineteen years. Charles H. is the subject
of the next paragraph.

(HI) Charles Harris, youngest child of T^Iartin
(2) and Louis (Holt) Parmenter, was born in War-
ren, Vermont, February 20, 1857. After passing the
common schools he attended the academies at St.
Johnsbury and Pittsfield, each cue year. Then re-
turning to the farm, he has ever since followed
agricultural employment. He resided in Pittsfield
until 1905, when he removed to Henniker, New
Hampshire, where he owns the old Wadsworth
farms which embrace between six hundred and seven
hundred acres of land. He also owns land in Deer-
ing. New Hampshire. IMr. Parmenter's farming is
on a large scale ; he cuts from seventy-five to one
"hundred tons of hay, and keeps about forty head
of cattle, mostly cows, and does a large dairy busi-
ness. He is a Republican, and attends the Congre-
gational Church. He married, in Stockbridge, Ver-

mont, September 16, 1880, Harriet E. Martin, who
was born in Hancock, Vermont, December 3, 1859,
daughter of Thomas B. and Frances E. (Richard-
son) Martin, of Hancock, Vermont. Their chil-
dren are : George, who was educated at the Hen-
niker high school; Chester, died at the age of six
months; Wilber, a graduate of the Henniker high'
school, class of 1903 ; Alba, Clarence, Leon, Electa
and Florence.

For many gen. rations the Nichols
NICHOLS family has resided in New England,

exemplifying that type of citizenship
which leads in national growth and progress, ener-
getic, intellectual, guided by high ideals. Several
of the name through different generations have of-
fered their services to their country in time of
peril, prominent among, thesfe having been General
J\loses Nichols, whose career as a soldier was well
worthy of emulation and reflected great credit on
his ancestors.

(I) Richard Nichols, the pioneer ancestor, was
a freeman of Ipswich in 1638. He removed from
that town to Reading, locating in the westerly part
of the south parish, where his death occurred Sep-
tember 22, 1674. His w^ife, Annis Nichols, sur-
vived him for many years, passing away in 1692.
Their children were : 2\Iary, Thomas, James, John,
Richard, Hannah.

(II) Thomas, eldest son of Richard and Annis
Nichols, was a prominent citizen of Reading, serv-
ing in the capacity of representative and deacon. He
was a member of Captain Davenport's company in
King Philip's war, and in reward for the service
was a grantee of Narragansett No. 2, now West-
minster, Massachusetts. He married in 1680, Re-
becca Eaton, born 1665, daughter of John and Eliza-
beth (Kendall) Eaton. Their children were:
i nomas, Rebecca, Ebenezer, Judith, Abigail, Eliza-
beth, Timothy, Daniel. Thomas Nichols, father of
these children, died in 1737.

(III) Timothy, third son of Thomas and Re-
becca (Eaton) Nichols, born ^laj^ 16, 1702, married,
October 7, 1725, Hannah Perkins, and their children
were : Hepsibah, Hannah, Timothy, Thomas, Sarah,
Moses, Lucy. Timothy Nichols and his wife re-
sided several years in Reading, removing to Amherst
prior to the year 1770.

(IV) General Moses, fourth son of Timothy
and Hannah (Perkins) Nichols, was born in Read-
ing, June 28, 1740. Upon attaining young man-
hood he chose the profession of medicine and prac-
ticed the same most successfully in Amherst, New
Hampshire. He served as colonel of the geographi-
cal regiment, w'hich included a large part of Hills-
borough county ; in 1777 commanded a regiment at
Bennington; in 1780 commanded a regiment at West
Point, and near the close of the war was com-
missioned a' brigadier-general. In civil afifairs he
was the recipient of local honors, serving as repre-
sentative, councillor, and magistrate for many years.

He married Hannah , and their children

were : Hannah. Closes, Joseph, Elizabeth, Eaton,
Perkins, Polly, Pearson, Charity. General Nichols
died in Amherst, New Hampshire, j\Iay 23, 1790,
after a useful and well-spent life. His w^idow died
June 17, 1802.

(V) Elizabeth Nichols, second daughter 'of Gen-
eral Moses and Hannah Nichols, born Januarj^ 8,

The name !Major is not common in
]\IAJOR New^ England, and the greater number
of the ]\Iajor family is probably de-
scended from the ancestor mentioned below.



(I) Captain

Major was a native of

England, and for many years was a seafarer and
commanded a merchant vessel. He brought his
family to Derryfield, New Hampshire, where they
resided. He was drowned at sea.

(11) John, son of Capt.in ]\lajor, was born
in that part of old Derryfield now included within
the limits of Manchester. He was a farmer, an up-
right citizen, a good neighbor, and a man of strict
integrity, and from his well known probity was
often familiarly spoken of by his friends as "honest
John." He married, January 28, 1802, Mary Cheney,
and they had children : Alaria, married Samuel
Morison and had two children : Elizabeth T., mar-
ried (first) Jesse Mellen and (second) Wilder M.

Gates ; Ann. Eliza, married JMelvin,

children : Elizabeth, George, James, Maria, William.
John, married Mary JNIcIntire. one child, Josephine.
John Major married (second) ]^Iartha Cheney.

(IH) Thomas P., child of John and Martha
(Cheney) Major, was born in Derry, April 25, 1822,
and died in Derry, 1899, aged seventy-seven years.
He had but little opportunity to acquire an edu-
cation, but was always a careful reader and a well-
informed person. From the age of ten to twenty-
one he worked on a farm near the home of his
parents. Afterward he learned the trade of tanner
and currier, at which he worked four years, when
ill health compelled him to give it up and from that
time he was a farmer. In 1878 he removed to Derry
and was one of the first to build in that locality. In
politics he was a Republican, and for three years
he served as selectman of Derry, and also served
some years as highway surveyor. He was fond of
the fellowship and belonged to various fraternities.
He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Knight of
Pythias, a member of the United Order of Pilgrim
Fathers, the Order of the Eastern Star and the
Daughters of Rebekah. He married, September 24,
1845, Rachel E., daughter of Deacon Daniel W.
Hayes, of Farmington. She died in 1882, leaving
no children. He married (second), December 18,
1884, Harriet N. McGregor, daughter of James and
Mary (Plummet) Nevins (see Nevins, IV), and
widow of W. K. McGregor, of Derry.

The name of Oliver is numerous and
OLIVER notable among the seventeenth century

immigrants to Boston and its neighbor-
hood. The original ancestor appears to have been
Elder Thomas Oliver, who came to Boston from
Lewes, Sussex, England, in 1632, wnth his wife and
eight children. He was a chirurgeon, as it was then
called, and was the ruling elder of the Old South
Church, Boston. Peter left four sons, of whom
the youngest, Daniel, married Elizabeth, sister of
Governor Jonathan Belcher. Their son Andrew was
lieutenant governor of the Province, and another
son, Peter, became chief justice of the supreme
court of Massachusetts. In 1828 no less than twenty-
five Olivers had been graduated from Harvard Col-
lege, most of them descendants of Elder Thomas.
The Oliver coat of arms is an arm extended, hold-
ing a hand couped at the wrist and dropping blood.
The crest is a dove with an olive branch in its
mouth, whence the name is doubtless derived. As
the present line came directly from England after
the Revolution, it cannot be nearly related to the
early immigrants, but probably all are ■ descended
from a common ancestral stock.

(I) Dr. William Oliver was born in England
in 1766, and settled in Boston. He afterwards
moved to Acworth, New Hampshire, and finally to
Oliver's Corner, Province of Quebec, Canada. He

married Elizabeth Kinston, who was born November
10, 1751, and they had several children: Esther,
William, Ebenezer, Polly, George and John.

(II) Captain William (2), son of Dr. Wil-
liam (i) and Elizabeth (Kinston) Oliver, was born
July 20, 1793, at Acworth, New Hampshire. He was
a farmer and lived at Oliver's Corner, town of
Magog, Province of Quebec. He served as a lieu-
tenant in the war of 1812, and while in the army
learned to make boots and shoes. He was a man of
great industry, hewing his farm out of the forest
and often sitting up till twelve o'clock at night to
do shoemaking. Captain Oliver acquired his title
from an office in a local militia company. He was
a Conservative in his political affiliations, and at-
tended the Congregational Church. Captain Wil-
liam (2) married Polly Remick, born in Dunbarton,
New Hampshire, August 19, 1798, and there were
three children: Edward B., whose sketch follows,
Marion B. and William W. Captain Oliver died
March 12, 1881, and his wife died August 16,

(III) Edward Bernard, eldest child of Captain
William (2) and Polly (Remick) Oliver, was born
May 22, 1818, at Hatley, Province of Quebec, Canada.
He was a carpenter by trade, and his home was
always at Oliver's Corner. He was a .member of
the Congregational Church at Fitch Bay, Province
of Quebec, of which society he was deacon for
many years. On February 14, 1839, Edward B.
Oliver married Mary Q. Foss, who was born at
Stanstead, Province of Quebec. They had six chil-
dren : Aza, James B., Ida M., Marian B., Adams
P., and William W., whose sketch follows. Dea-
con Edward B. died at Oliver's Corner, on Septem-
ber I, 1896, and his wife died August 29, 1886.

(IV) William Wallace, fourth son and sixth
and youngest child of Deacon Edward B. and Mary
Q. (Foss) Oliver, was born IMarch 7, 1858, at
Oliver's Corner, Magog, Province of Quebec,
Canada. He was educated in the schools of his na-
tive place and at Magog Academy in the town of
Magog. At the age of twenty-one he went to
Fitch Bay, Canada, where he clerked for T. B.
and H. M. Rider, remaining there one year. The
succeeding year he went to Sherbrooke, Canada,
where he worked as clerk for W. W. Beckett in the
wholesale and retail hardware business. The next
two years he spent in Newport, Vermont, where he
worked for H. S. Root, dealer in hardware and
furnishings. In January. 1883, INIr. Oliver moved
to Lisbon, New Hampshire, which has become his
permanent home. He entered the employ of Oakes
& Bennett, dealers in general merchandise, and af-
ter serving as clerk for six years in 1889 he formed
a partnership with Carlos M. Cogswell. Their busi-
ness was extensive and lucrative, and extended over
the surrounding country. This partnership was dis-
solved in 1901, and Mr. Oliver engaged in the grain
and feed business in the firm known as Oliver &
Gates. In 1906 he sold his interest in this business,
that he might devote more time to the care of the
Lisbon Light and Power Company, of which com-
pany he has been, for several years, manager and
treasurer. He is also president of the Lisbon Build-
ing Association. He is Republican in party affilia-
tions, but is too busy to give much time to politics.
He is much interested in Masonic societies, and has
taken high rank therein. On September 5, 188 1,
he was admitted to Memphremagog Lodge, Ancient
Free and Accepted Masons, of Newport, Vermont,
and on October 25, 1886, was admitted to Kane
Lodge, Lisbon. He was elected senior warden in
1894, and worshipful master in 1896, serving two




years. In 1S83 he was made Royal Arch Mason in
Cleveh^nd Chapter, Newport, Vermont, and demitted
to Franklin Chapter, Lisbon, in 1S87. He held the
office of master of third veil in 1887, principal
sojourner in 1889, high priest in 1890-01-02, and
secretary in 1893. He was elected thrice illustrious
master for the years 1903 and 1904, receiving the
orders in St. Gerard Commandery, No. 9, of
Littleton. Li 1895 he was appointed grand steward,
which office he still holds. In 1888-89, he was ap-
pointed Grand Royal Arch captain and representative
to the Grand Chapter of Colorado from the Grand
Chapter of New Hampshire, a position which he
still holds. He was elected E. Grand Captain of
the Host in 1900 and 1901, R. E. Grand Scribe in
1902, R. E. Grand King in 1903, R. E. Deputy Grand
High Priest in 1904 and 1905 and AL E. Grand High
priest of the state of New Hampshire in 1906. Air.
Oliver is a member of North Star- Lodge of Per-
fection, at Lancaster, and master of ceremonies in
that body. He is perfect master of Littleton Chap-
ter, Rose Croix, at Littleton, and a member of
Edward A. Raymond Consistory at Nashua. On
September 15, 1887, William Wallace Oliver mar-
ried Alice M. Boynton, daughter of Dr. Charles
Hart and Mary Huse (Cummings) Boynton. of
Lisbon. (See Boynton, NXX). There were three
children of this marriage : Mary B., born June 7,
1890, at Lisbon. Charles Edward, February 11,
1S95. who died February 8, 1898. Alice Louise,
April 2, 1899, at Lisbon. Both Mr. and Airs. Oliver
are members of the Congregational Church at Lis-

Rev. John B. Puchala, son of
PUCHALA Charles Puchala, deceased, was born
in Silesia, Prussia, July iS, 1874.
His education has been chiefly acquired in the col-
leges of Prussia, but he completed his studies in
philosophy and theology in the University of Lou-
vain, in Belgium, which institution has a world-
wide reputation. He was there ordained to the
priesthood. He came to America, arriving here
October 2, 1900, and his first clerical labors were in
the cathedral under Bishop Bradley. He was ap-
pointed to take charge of St. Hedwig's Church,
Alanchester, New Hampshire, in 1902. This is situ-
ated on the site of the first Christian church in the
city, and is of the Polish Catholic denomination.
Rev. Puchala is a man of great energy and force
of character, and places all his best powers in the
service of his congregation, which numbers about
two thousand.' Since his advent in the parish he
has introduced many much-needed reforms and im-
provements, among them being a brick school build-
ing which is now finished, and which is in charge of
the Felician Sisters, whose mother institution is
near Buffalo, New York. Ths building has four
classrooms, and will accommodate two hundred
children. It consists of two stories and a basement.
It has metal ceilings and all modern iniprovements,
and is located on Union street, below Hanover.
There are five classrooms on the first and second
floors, with modern furnishings. At the time that
the church was acquired by its present congrega-
tion it was a plain building without a tower.
On the first Sunday in August, 1902, the first mass
was intoned in the edifice and the building dedicated
to the service of the Polish Catholic Church. Alany
improvements have been made both in the exterior
and interior of the building, and it now has a seat-
ing capacity of six hundred, including the gallery.
The statues, which have been placed wherever thev
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were appropriate, are of the very finest. It is
further ornamented with a coat-of-arms, elaborately
carried out in colors, which bears the inscription
"God Save Poland." Altogether, the improvements
\vhich have been made in the church edifice since
the advent of Rev. Puchala amount to upward of
five thousand dollars. The Polish residents of Man-
chester are highly pleased with their church and
school, as is attested by the liberal support they af-
ford to them.

The surname Odell is frequently met in
ODELL the eastern states, but its representatives
in New Hampshire are not numerous.
William Odell was of Concord, Massachusetts, in
1639, and had a son James, born there in that year.
John Odell was in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1668.
{1) Thomas Odell, of Stratham, New Hamp-
shire, w'as the earliest known ancestor of the families
of that name in Sanbornton and town adjoining.

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i) Odell,
of Stratham, settled in Nottingham, New Hamp-
shire, married and had children.

(III) Joseph, son of Thomas (2) Odell, of
Nottingham, was born in that town November i,
1772, and died in Sanbornton, December 29, 1825.
About 1802 he moved with his family to Sanborn-
ton and settled on a farm on the Roxbury road. He
was a deacon of the First Bay Baptist Church. His
wife, whom he married March 10, 1797, was Nancy
Ford, born March 5, 177=^, i'77) died March 9,
1852. Their children : David, born December 27,
1797, died October 25, 1831. Jacob, April 2, 1799,
died June 9, 1862. Joseph, December 18, 1800, mar-
ried (first) Elizabeth Pierce; (second) Sarah,
widow of Alvah Graves. Samuel Gerrish, June
II, 1803, died Spetember 19, 1803. William, Septem-
ber 4, 1804. Ebenezer Ford, August 17, 1808. Ira
Pottle (twin), January 5, 1813. Zina (twin), Janu-
ary 5, 1813. died June 25, 1813.

(IV) Jacob, second child and son of Joseph
and Nancy (Ford) Odell, was born in Nottingham,
New Hampshire, and was about five years old
when his parents went from that town to Sanborn-
ton. He w'as an excellent singer and acquired con-
siderable fame as a singing master, having taught
about one hundred different schools of vocal music.
In connection with this vocation he also was a
farmer. On January 17, 1827, he married Elmira
Aiken, born in Francestown, New Hampshire, De-
cember 17, 1804, daughter of John Aiken. Their
children : Laura Jane, born September 30, 1828,
married Chase Rollins. Nancy Maria, April i, 1830,
died September 4, 1888; married, May 17, 1853,
Stephen Coffran Robinson (see Robinson, HI), and
had one child : Frank Orrin Robinson, born Janu-
ary 31, 1854, died April 23, 1893. Joseph Franklin,
November 3, 1831, died July 2^, 1856. William
Aloore. March 27, 1835, married Mary E. Hunkins.
John Henry, February 21, 1838, married Nancy
Abbie Tuttle. George Delevan Terry, September 5,
1840, married Frances Tucker. Orrin Fuller, No-
vember 22, 1844, died November 4, 1846. Jacob
Hermon, February 4, 1846, married Lucy Tay.

The family of Arnold is of great an-
ARNOLD tiquity, having its origin among an-
cient princes of Wales, according
to pedigree recorded in the College of Arms.
They trace from Ynir, King of Gwentland,
who flourished 'about the middle of the twelfth
centur\\ and who was paternally descended

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