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. Chester was made October 20, 1828, showing a value
of fifteen hundred and ninety-seven dollars and
ninety-four cents. He married Mehitable Rand, of
Epsom, and the vital records of the state show the
birth of three sons : Willard, John and Charles.

(VI) John, second son of David and Mehitable
(Rand) Moses, was born July 12, 1817, in Concord,
and died October 8, 1894, in Colebrook, New Hamp-
shire. He was reared on a farm, and was very fond
of hunting, being especially expert in the capture of
foxes. On attaining manhood he settled in Cole-
larook, where he engaged in agriculture. He was
married in 184T, to Fanny Munn, daughter of Dea-
con James Munn, of Hereford, province of Quebec.
Their children are accounted for as follows : i.
Charles Ezra receives extended mention in the fol-
lowing ffiragraph. 2. Emma died in 1900; married

(first) Ezra Howard, and (second) Obadiah Call.
3. Flora became the wife of Herbert Penny. 4.
Eliza is the widow of Berkley Keazer. and lives in
Beecher Falls. 5. Lubian E. is a citizen of Warren,

this state. 6. Willard E. lives in Lancaster, New
Hampshire. Fanny (Munn) Moses died March,

(VII) Charles Ezra, eldest child of John and
Fanny (Munn) Moses., was born March 26, 1845, in
Hereford, province of Quebec. On leaving home he
was employed for two years in making brick, and
subsequently worked three years as a carpenter.
He began the study of medicine, but abandoned it as
uncongenial. He was much employed as a teacher,
spending two years thus in Colbrook Academy, and
nine years in other towns in the vicinity. For a
period of fourteen years he kept the Willard House
at North Stratford, and then traded the hotel for a
large farm in Lunenburg. Vermont, on which he
settled. He made a specialty of dairying, and kept
seventy-five head of cattle. In the spring of 1907 he
leased the farm and moved to Lancaster to reside.
While a resident of Lunenburg he served two years
as selectman and five years as lister (assessor). He
is a Republican in political principle, and is popular
with his contemporaries. He was one of the reor-
ganizers and is now vice-president of the Coos and
Essex Agricultural Society, is a member of the In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of
Pythias, and is engaged in spreading the spirit of
frnternity among men. Mr. Moses was married
December 24, 1S71, at Columbia. New Hampshire,
to Amanda Melissa Frizzell, daughter of Amasa
Frizzell, of South Canaan, Vermont. The children
of this union are : Frank E., who is again referred
to in the succeeding paragraph ; Mertrude G., who
is now the wife of Frederick C. Cleaveland, of Lan-
caster; and Lester Ezra, who is now (1907) a
student at Dartmouth College.

(VIII) Frank Elmon, eldest son and child of
Charles E. and Amanda M. (Frizzell) Moses, was
liorn in Colebrook, January 14, 1873. From the
Lewiston (Maine) grammar school, which he at-
tended three years, he entered the Portland Business
College, remaining there one year, and in 1890 took
a position in Wilson's drug store at Groveton. He
shortly afterwards entered the employ of C. T. Mc-
Nally as a bookkeeper; was still later employed in
the same capacity at the Berlin (New Hampshire)
National Bank, and returning to Groveton resumed
his connection with the drug business. He next be-
came associated with his father in the dry goods
business in Groveton, but after continuing in trade
some eighteen months he sold his interest in 1S97,
and accepting the position of bookkeeper in the office
of the Odell Manufacturing Company at Groveton,
paper manufacturers, he has ever since remained in
their employ. Here he has worked his way upward
to a Dosition of responsibility and trust, being at the
present time chief accountant and assistant to gen-
eral manager George B. Bearce. In politics Mr.
Moses is a Republican. He is a member of the
Masonic Order, belonging to the North Star Lodge,
North Star Chapter and North Star Commandery,
of Lancaster, is officially identified with the Knights
of Pythias, having occupied all of the important
chairs in the local lodge and being at the present
time district deputy grand chancellor ; and also
affiliates with the Independent Order of Foresters.
On October 12, 1895, he was united in marriage with
Bertha Blanche Hayes, daughter of William Hayes,
of Northumberland. Mr. and Mrs. Moses have had
two sons : Vernard E., born November 24, 1899,
died November 18, 1906 ; and Kenneth L., born May
5, 1901. Mrs. Moses is active in religious and
musical circles, is an accomplished instrumentalist
and officiates at the organ in both of the Groveton



(IV) James, fifth son and sixth child of Mark
and Martha (WiUiams) Moses, was born in Green-
land, February 27, 1758, and died August 17, iSiQ-
He was a farmer and settled on the home place in
Epsom. He married, March 9, 1780. Elizabeth Sher-
burne, of Northwood,. and they had six children:
Mark, James, Jane, Betsey S., Mary and Sarah.

(V) Mark, eldest child of James and Elizabeth
(Sherburne) Moses, was born January 19, 1781. and
died March 11, 181 1. He married, June 19, 1802.
Betsey Gate, and they had three children: Joseph
J., Dearborn B. and Mark S.

(VI) Dearborn B., second son and child of
Mark and Betsey (Gate) Moses, was born in Ep-
som, August 3, 1805, and died August 23, 1881, aged
seventy-six years. He married, February 13. 1839,
Sally H. Locke, and they had one child : Sarah L.

(VII) Sarah Locke, only child of Dearborn B.
and Sally H. (Locke) Moses, was born in Epsom,
November 25, 1841. and married, June 19, 1869,
James H. Tripp (see Tripp, IV). ^

The early immigrants to New England
SMITH were mostly artisans and many of them

men of little learning. That they were
possessed of strong characters is- evidenced in a
thousand ways to the student of history. While the
pen was an awkward instrument to many of them,
they were industrious and conquered the wilder-
ness, establishing the foundation of the civilization
which we enjoy. Among the most useful men in
the colonies were the Smiths who made all the nails
used in the construction of buildings and nearly
every implement of every sort employed in the
rude life of the pioneers. A century previous the
country people in England had taken surnames, and
it fell out that many who were smiths by occupa-
tion took the word for a patronymic. In the midst
of these, where christian names were oft repeated,
it has been difficult to trace a line of descent in
many cases.

(I) John Smith and his wife Isabella resided in
Watertown, Massachusetts, and subsequently in
Lexington, same colony. Here John died July 12,
1639, at the age of sixty years. His wife survived
him three months, dying October 12 of the same
year, at the same age. It is deemed probable by
authorities on genealogy, that John and Thomas of
Lexington and, perhaps. Francis and Daniel were
sons of John and Isabella Smith.

(II) Thomas Smith came to America in 1635,
and was admitted freeman May 17, 1637. He prob-
ably resided in Lexington, and died March 10, 1693,
aged ninety-two years. He married Mary, daugh-
ter of William Knapp, and their children were :
James, John (died young), Thomas, John, Joseph,
Mary, Ephraim, Jonathan and Sarah.

(III) Thomas (2) Smith, third son and child
of Thomas (i) and Mary (Knapp) Smith, was
born August 26, 1640, and died in Lexington, Mas-
sachusetts, December 25, 1727, at the age of eighty-
eight years. He and his wife were admitted to the
chtTrch in Lexington. June, 1701, by a letter of dis-
mission from Weymouth, from which it is apparent
that he had previously resided in Weymouth. He
was taxed in Lexington in 1693, and honorable
mention of him appears in the records there in 1700.
In placing the seats of citizens in the meetinghouse
we find that he and John Stone, "were Plast in ye
fore seatt of ye body of seats." He married, in
1663, Mary Hosmer, daughter of James Hosmer,
of Concord. She died October i, 1719, aged sixty-
four. His children, the iirst three born in Goncord,

were : Thomas, James, John, Samuel, Joseph and

(IV) Benjamin Smith, youngest son of Thomas
(2) and Mary (Hosmer) Smith, was born Septem-
ber 24. 1689, in Lexington, Massachusetts, and was
for a long time a popular citizen of that town. He
held numerous offices and was for twelve years
a member of the board of selectmen. Five of his
children died in childhood or infancy. He married,
July 9, 1713, Martha Comee, who died November
19, 1749. He married (second), May 3, 1750, ]\Iis-
tress Esther Green. He died December 9, 1779, in
his ninety-first year. Of his children, all born of
the first wife, only the eldest and the youngest sur-
vived. They were: Benjamin, Daniel, Ezekiel,
Martha, Thomas (died young), Solomon and

(V) Benjamin (2) Smith, eldest child of
Benjamin (i) and Martha (Gomee) Smith, was
born July 20, 1714, in Lexington, and passed his
life in that town. He married, November 17, 1734,
Anna Parker, who survived him and died, his
widow. June 10, 1768, in, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Their children were: Solomon, Benjamin, Anna,
Martha, Esther, David and Thomas.

(VI) Benjamin (3) Smith, second son and child
of Benjamin (2) and Anna (Parker) Smith, was
born March 11, 1741. in Lexington, and was a res-
ident of that town through life. He married Mary
Lee, and they were admitted to the church in Lex-
ington, June 24, 1768. Their children were: Anna,
Benjamin and David.

(VII) David Smith, youngest child of Benja-
min (3) and Mary (Lee) Smith, was born Septem-
ber 29, 1776, in Lexington, and settled in Ashby,
Massachusetts. The History of Lexington says
that he married a Foster, if so, she did not long
survive. He married, in Ashby, May 7, 1807. Rachel
Whitney, born April 10, 1783. a daughter of
Ephraim and Sarah (Burgess) Whitney, of Stow
and Ashburnham. Ephraim Whitney died in Ashby,
November 17, 1784, and eight years later his home
estate was annexed to Ashby.

(VIII) Ira Smith, son of David and Rachel
(Whitney) Smith, was born probably in Ashby,
Massachusetts, October 24, 1813, and was a farmer.
After residing for some years in New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, he removed to Milford," and died
October 3, 1887, aged seventy-four. He was a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Ghurch, and in pol-
itics a Republican. He married, December 6, 1843,
Hannah P., daughter of Francis B. and Susan
(Preston) Maxwell, who was born in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, November 13, 1822, still living in Mil-
ford. They had two children, born in New Ip.^wich,
New Hampshire : Frank Ira and Gharles Henry.
Frank Ira is mentioned below. Gharles Henry was
born December 26. 1848, is a janitor and resides
in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He married, Sep-
tember 3, 1868, Jennie, daughter of Joseph and
Mary Tilson, of New Ipswich.

(IX) Frank Ira Smith, son of Ira and Hannah
P. (Maxwell) Smith, was born in New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, April 9, 1846. He was educated
in the Appleton School at New Ipswich, where he
fitted for college. He then taught school three
years in Mason, New Hampshire., and two terms
as assistant in the high school at Ashby, Massachu-
setts. In 1871 he began a veterinary course under
Dr. Day, of Gharlestown, Massachusetts, which he
completed three years later, and began practicing
at Milford, New Hampshire, in 1872. He removed
from there in 1880 to Rochester, where he has since



Tesided. He is a Republican, and for many years
has taken an active part in politics. He was elected
to the legislature from Rochester, ward five, in
1898, and was deputy sheriff of Strafford county
continuously from 1895 till 1906. In the latter year
he became a candidate for high sheriff and received
the largest number of votes ever cast for a candi-
date in the county. He is a member of Custos
Morum Lodge. No. 42, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Milford, New Hampshire, which he
joined in 1869. He is also a member of Rochester
Grange, No. 86, of the Patrons of Husbandry, and
also of Knights of the Golden Eagle.

Mr. Smith married (first), in Amherst, New
Hampshire, November 26, 1869, Esther M. Fuller.
Married (second), November 24, 1884. at Barnstead,
New Hampshire, Martha J. Emerson, born in Barn-
stead, New Hampshire, October i, 1848, daughter
•of Timothy and Sarah (Foster) Emerson, of Barn-
stead. Three children were born of the first mar-
riage : Esther, Frank W. and Mary E. ; the latter
is the wife of Charles Malley. of Boston.
(Second Family.)

There are numerous branches of the
SMITH various Smith families of New England

scattered about New Hampshire, and
it is said that seven or eight distinct branches were
represented among the early settlers of Sanborn-
"ton alone. The family was ver^^ early at Hampton
and has contributed much to the development of
many sections of the state.

(I) Robert Smith was born about 161 1, and was
among the first at Exeter. New Hampshire, being
a signer of the Combination in 1639. He settled
in Hampton as early as 1657, and died there August
30, 1706. He was by trade a tailor, but probably
•engaged chiefly in husbandry in that pioneer period.
Tlis wife Susanna was killed by lightning June 12,

1680, and he lived a widower for more than twenty-
six years. No record of the births of his children
w-ere made, and they may not appear herein in their
•chronological order. They included : John, Merri-
bah, Asahel, Jonathan and Joseph.

(II) Jonathan, son of Robert and Susanna
Smith, was a brick maker and settled in Exeter.
He was married January 25, 1670, to Mehitabel
Holdred. Their children were : Israel, Jacob.
Ithiel, Abigail, Joseph, Leah and Mehitabel.

(III) Joseph, fourth son and fifth child of Jona-
than and Mehital)el (Holdred) Smith, was born
probably about 1682, in Exeter, and was one of
the grantees of Stratham. being the fifteenth to
sign his name on the petition for the incorporation
of that town, 1748. Four years subsequently, on
the division of lands, he drew lots numbers forty-
four and eighteen, and the latter subsequently fell
to his son Elisha.

Joseph Smith evidently was a man of some
consequence in the early history of Sanbornton. and
some of his sons after him also became prominently
identified with local affairs. Those of them who
are said to have been conspicuous in this respect
were Joseph, junior, and Elisha Smith. (Elisha
and descendants receive mention in this article).

(IV) Joseph (2) Smith, son of Joseph (i),
went from Stratham to Sanbornton, and in the al-
lotment of lots drew numbers seventy-one and
sixty, and built his house on the former. It is not
certain whether he or his eldest son Joseph served
during the Revolution, but one of them was there,
the weight of opinion according the honor to his
son. who is said to have come to the town in ad-
vance cf his father. Joseph the elder in early life
served his time as a ship carpenter in Newburyport,

and built the first dam at the "threshing mill,"
where he sacrificed his own life, July 4, 1795. while
rescuing a boy from drowning. One of the stories
regarding this event is that he drowned himself,
but the stronger belief always has been that while
walking on the dam with the rescued child in his
arms he fell and struck his head on an exposed pin
(treenail) and fractured his skull. Near the same
brook his wife had died of apoplexy, June 29, 1790.
Henry Smith, 3on of Joseph, always said that he
was the middle one of a family of fifteen children,
seven being older and seven younger than himself,
but the christian names of all of this Joseph Smith's
children cannot be given. Those whose names are
known were : Joseph, William, Henry, Solomon,
Stephen, Hannah, Michael, Enoch and Samuel.

(V) Joseph, son of Joseph last mentioned, set-
tled on his father's lot, and between him and his
parent lies the honor of being in the first band of
revolutionary soldiers from the town of Sanborn-
ton. His first wife was Mary Sleeper, an excellent
woman, but who was lame, eccentric and given to
the exercise of her native gifts in preaching. She
died April 21, 1801, (or December 11, 1811), and
on February 16, 1812, Joseph married Sarah (Sally)
Robinson. All- of his children were by his first
wife, and were Robert. Cephas, Joseph and Mar-

(VI) Cephas Smith was born in Sanbornton,
New Hampshire, in 1791, and died February 26,
1850. When a young man he removed to Moulton-
borough. New Hampshire, but afterward returned
to Sanbornton and lived on or near his father's
place. He was an extensive farmer, having about
seven hundred acres, a part of which was well tim-
bered, and in clearing the land he carried on an
extensive lumber business. He was a man of good
business capacity and as his enterprises were gen-
erally successful he accumulated a comfortable for-
tune. He married twice. The name of his first wife
is unknown, but she bore him children. His second
wife, whom he married, September 24, 1824, was
Mrs. Sally (Morrison) Calley, widow of William
Galley and daughter of Thomas W. and Betsey
(Cass) Morrison. (See Morrison. IV). In Run-
nel's "History of Sanbornton" the children of
Cephas Smith are given as Mary Jane, born
April 25, 1821 ; Lavina, born April 26, 1823 ;
Priscilla M. (by his second wife). born
April 13, 1826. The Smith family record gives
the names of the children of Cephas as Rufus, Eliza,
Lovina, Sarah. Lyoia, Priscilla D. and Catherine.
The latter record is undoubtedly nearer correct, al-
though the order of birth of the children may not
be preserved.

(VII) Rufus, son of Cephas, was born in San-
bornton, New Hampshire, 1819, and was twelve
years old when his father removed with his family
to Moultonborough, in Carroll county, New Hamp-
shire. When seventeen years old he went with his
uncle to Boston, with the intention of remaining in
that city, but afterward he determined to go to sea,
and made a voyage to the Grand Banks of New-
foundland. Returning home he engaged in lumber-
ing with his father, and also established a freight
boat line from Alton bay, the termination of the
Cocheco road at that time, to Centre harbor, Mere-
dith village and Lake village (Lakeport). The
boat used by Mr. Smith in this pioneer transporta-
tion enterprise was a unique affair, built after the
fashion of a scow, of light draught in the water,
but of good carrying capacity, and was propelled
by horse power. He operated the boat and also
continued lumbering until 1864, and then removed




Avitli his family to Lakcport and engaged in mechan-
ical pursuits and work for the Cole Manufacturing
Company until he retired from active business. Mr.
Smith died in Lakeport March 13, 1902. He mar-
ried Nancy Parker Lovejoy, who was born in Mere-
dith, New Hampshire, June 17, 1817, daughter of
Caleb Lovejoy of Meredith. They had two chil-
dren : Lucy Jane, born in Aloultonborough, 1843 ;
immarried, and now lives on the old homestead in
Lakeport. George Henry, a business man of Lake-
port, New Hampshire.

(VHI) George Henry, only son of Rufus and
Nancy Parker (Lovejoy) Smith, was born in Moul-
tonborough. New Hampshire, June 18, 1S47, and
■came to Lakeport with his parents in 1864. He was
-educated in the common schools of Moultonborough
^nd Wolfborough Academy, and after leaving
school was employed for the next ten years as ma-
chinist in the works of the Cole Manufacturing
Company. During the last three years of this time
lie was kept on the road engaged setting up mill
machiner}'. In 1874 Mr. Smith began merchandiz-
ing at Lakeport in company with Horace Bugbee,
xmder the firm name of Bugbee & Smith. This
partnership relation was continued about two and
one-half years, when Mr. Smith succeeded to his
partner's interest and has since been sole proprietor
of the business. He is a Republican in politics, and
served one year as town clerk of Gilford and for
three years was a member of the Republican State
-committee. He has been an Odd Fellow ever since
lie attained his majority; he was brought up under
the influence of the Free Will Baptist Church. Mr.
Smith has been married twice. He married (first),
December 20, 1876, Eliza Edith Gardner, who died
September 22, 1885. He married (second), Jan-
uary 23, 1889, Carrie Alice Bryant. She was born
January 12, 1858, daughter of Wyatt and Hannah
(Chick) Bryant of Tamworth, New Hampshire.
yir. Smith has one son, born of his first marriage :
Harry Lincoln Smith, born February 12, 1879, in
Lakeport. He is by profession a civil engineer and
now employed as assistant foreman in the car de-
partment of the Boston and Maine Railroad Com-
pany at Lakeport. He is a member of the city
council of Laconia, and has held an office of some
l\ind since he became of age.

(IV) Elisha, second son of Joseph (i) Smith,
was born in Stratham, New Hampshire, in 1723
(possibly 1733) and died March 12, 181 1. He mar-
ried Lydia Norris, of Stratham, and soon after-
ward settled in Epping, where most of his children
Avere born. Besides the land which came from his
father, he acquired other considerable tracts, and
at one time owned a solid body of nearly seven
■hundred acres extending through from his home
lot to the Meredith line. He frequently walked
from Epping to work at clearing his lands, and at
•one time while traveling with a willow cane divided
it into four parts and stuck them in the earth near
the log house which he was building; and from one
of the pieces came the big willow tree near his
liomestead until about 1880. In the winter of 1775-
76 i\Ir. Smith moved his family to his new home
in Sanbornton, and in the following summer was
■one of those who signed the association test act.
He. was a man of integrity and enterprise, and exer-
•cised much influence throughout the town. He built
a saw mill on Black Cat brook, and gave one hun-
dred acres of land to each of his six sons. His
wife Lydia died November 12, 1819. Their children
were : Mercy, Lydia. Molly, Benjamin, Mehitable,
Zebulon, Elisha, Josiah, Nathaniel, Joseph, Abigail
and two others whose names are unknown.

(V) Zebulon Smith was born April i, 1767, and
was a farmer, receiving his portion of his father's
estate. He married (first), Betsey Hoyt, who died
February 2, 1801 ; married (second), Elizabeth San-
born, who died April 5, 1824; and married (third),
Mrs. Mary (Polly) Rosebrook of Sandwich, New
Hampshire, and daughter of Captain Chase, of Con-
way. She died October 2, 1847, and Zebulon died
February 13, 1848. His children were : Stuart,
Zebulon, Hezekiah, Nancy, Josiah, Elisha, David,
Samuel, Betsey H. and Barnard.

(VT) David Smith, sixth son and seventh child
of Zebulon Smith, was born in Sanbornton, July 8,
1805, and died March i, 1883. After his marriage
he was for five years a saw mill employe in Lit-
tleton and Bristol, and in 1841 settled in the north-
east part of Sanbornton, on land bought and cleared
by his father. On August 23, 1834, he married
Olive Knowlton, who was born in Northfield, New
Hampshire, October 12, 1804. and died May 30, 1880.
Their children : Ruth Knowlton, born March 30,
1836: married, February 27, 1862, Joseph Noah
Sanborn (see Sanborn, VII). Lizzie Sanborn, born
December 29, 1839; married Stephen M. Woodman.
Olive Jane, born August 3. 1847; died December 18,

(Third Family.)

The family herein traced was very

SMITH early located in New Hampshire, but

the lack of records in the early days

of Rockingham county makes it extremely difficult

to trace a continuous line.

(I) Nicholas Smith, who was probably a brother
of other Smiths in the vicinity, was located at Ex-
eter as early as 1658. His children are on record
in Exeter, namely: Nathaniel, Nicholas, Anna and

(II) Theophilus, youngest child of Nicholas
Smith, w-as born February 14, 1667, in Exeter, and
further account of him does not appear.

(III) Theophilus (2) Smith was probably a son
of Theophilus (i), of Exeter. He resided in
Stratham, and is referred to in the records as
"Esquire." This occurs in connection with the
birth of his son, and concerning him there is no
further record.

(IV) Theophilus (3), only son of Theophilus
(2) Smith, Esq., was born May 15. 1741, in
Stratham. He was a signer of the association test
in that town at the opening of the Revolution, and
appears as a member of various committees, such
as those appointed to engage a minister and to make
repairs on the meetinghouse. His wife, Sarah, was
born January 28, 1742, at Exeter, the fourth daugh-
ter of Dr. Josiah Gilman. Their children were as

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