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follows: Sarah (died young), Theophilus, Josiah
Coffin, John, Mary, Abigail, Samuel (died young),
Sarah, Samuel, William, Elizabeth (died young),
and Elizabeth.

(V) Josiah Coffin, second son and third child
of Theophilus (3) and Sarah (Gilman) Smith, was
born July 15, 1764, in Stratham, and res'ded in Ex-
eter and owned an extensive tract of land along
the river, where the present High street in Exeter
is. His homestead was on or near the line of the
present street. Josiah C. Smith and Annie Lcavitt
were married in Exeter, July 11, 1789, by Isaac
Mansfield, clergyman. Their children were :
George, Josiah G.. Emma, Eliza, Charles Coffin and
Sarah Ann. George was a lumberman, surveyor
and justice of the peace. He married Sarah Smith,
of Massachusetts, and had Ann Maria, George, and
Georgiana, w'ho died young. Josiah Gilman, born
December 28, 1792, died January 2, 1877. He was

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a merchant and carriage maker. He married (first),
Mehitable Sheafe Burleigh, and had Frances Rodg-
ers (died young), and Elizabeth Frances. He mar-
ried (second), Frances Ann Eastman, and had
Charles Oilman and Harriet G. Emma married
Robert Shutc, merchant, of Exeter, and had Em-
eline, Joseph M. (twins), Elizabeth and Isaac.
Eliza married Henry Shute, merchant, of Exeter,
and had George, Henry A. (died young), Sarah
(died young), and Eliza (died young). Charles
Coffin is the subject of the next paragraph. Sarah
Ann married Joseph Boardman and had no chil-

(VI) Charles Coffin, fifth child and third son
of Josiah C. and Annie (Leavitt) Smith, was born
in Exeter, January 26, 1807, and died there, July
24, 1863. He was educated in the public schools,
and then learned carriage-making, including car-
riage painting, and later engaged in the same busi-
ness on his own account, and continued in that line
all his life. He was a successful manufacturer and
a good citizen. In politics he was a Republican.
For many years he was a faithful and honored
member of the Baptist Church. He married, in
Pittsfield, November 20, 1834. Mary W. Berry, who
was born in Pittsfield, August 18, 1812, and died in
Exeter, August 12, 1868. Her parents were Thomas
and Annie B. (Shaw) Berry. Four children were
born to this union : ^Mariana B., Caroline, Helen
G. and Charles J. Mariana B. was born May 31,

1836. and died September 13, 1896. She married.
April 18, i860, Rev. C. H. Cole, and had two chil-
dren, Arthur, studying medicine in Baltimore, and
Howard, of Lynn. Caroline, born November 17,

1837, died February 11. 1894. For several years
she was a teacher at Selma, Alabama ; Vicksburg,
Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana. Helen
Gilman, born September 2, 1847, was educated at
Exeter high school. Her residence is in Exeter.
She married, September 30, 1907, Andrew M. Moul-
ton. of Hampstead, New Hampshire. Charles
Josiah was born September 11, 1S48, and died Jan-
uary 17, 1893. He was educated in the common
schools, and at the age of seventeen began to learn
the machinist's trade, at which he worked twenty-
eight years, and became an expert in the making
and erection of stationary steam engines, boilers,
etc., at which he continued the remainder of his life.
He was successful in business and was one of the pro-
moters of the Co-operative Bank of Exeter. In pol-
itics he affiliated with the Republicans, and was
elected by that party to the legislature in 1891. He
was a member of Sagamore Lodge> Independent
Order of Odd Fellow^s.

(Fourth Family.)
This is universally known as the most
S^iIITH numerously represented name in Ameri-
can annals, although it is likely to lose
its supremacy because of the large surplus of Scan-
dinavians bearing the name of Johnson. It is prob-
ably no exaggeration to say that those bearing the
name of Smith have participated in the development
and civilization of this country in full proportion
to their numbers, and many have occupied conspic-
uous positions in New Hampshire as well as in
other states.

(I) .The immigrant ancestor of the line herein
traced was Henry Smith, who came from England
in 1637. accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and two
sons. He settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, and
the burning of his house was an event noted in the
town records. In 1651 he removed to Medfield,
Massachusetts, where he \\3.s active in town affairs
and was a selectman thirteen years. He died in

T687, having survived his wife, who died in 1670,
about seventeen years. Their sons were : John,
Scth, Daniel, Samuel and Joseph.

(II) Samuel, fourth son and child of Henry and-
Elizabeth Smith, was born in 1641, in Dedham, Mas-
sachusetts, and inherited the homestead in Aled-
field on which he lived, and where he died in 1691.
He was married December 22, 1669, to Elizabeth
Turner, who was born 1647, daughter of John and
Deborah Turner, of Medfield. She was the mother
of Elizabeth and Samuel. In the Indian attack
upon Medfield in 1676, she was killed while carry-
ing her son Samuel to a place of safety. At the
same time the child was thrown to the ground and
left for dead, when found he had crept to the side
of his dead mother. The father was married
(second), February 22, 1677, to Sarah (Clark)
Bowers, who was born 1651, a daughter of Joseph
Clark, and at the time of this marriage she was
the widow of John Bowers, who was killed by the
Indians on the same day that Samuel Smith's first
wife was killed. He died 1691, and was survived
about thirteen years by his widow, who died May
20, 1704. The children of the second marriage
were : Sarah, Henry, Daniel, Nathaniel, Abigail,
Mary and Prudence.

(III) Henry (2), eldest son and second child
of Samuel Smith and his second wife, Sarah Clark,
was born December 16, 1680, in Medfield, and
passed his life in that town, dying April 14, 1743.
He was a selectman and held other offices in the
town. He was married February 20, 1703, to De-
borah Pratt, who was born 1684, daughter of John
and Rebecca (Colburn) Pratt. She died August
S, 1706, and he was married (second), March 4,
1708, to Mary Adams. She was born August 4,
1681, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Ellis)
Adams, and died February 2^,, 1725. Henry Smith
was married (third) September i, 1730. to Ruth
Barber, who was born March 5, 1696, daughter of
Zachariah and Abigail (Ellis) Barber. His children
were : Daniel, Mary, Henry, Jonathan, Sarah,
Benoni, Ruth, Moses and Asa.

(IV) Henry (3), son of Henry (2) and Mary
(Adams) Smith, was born April 24, 1711. in Med-
field, and removed from that town to Walpole,
Massachusetts, where he probably died. He was
married in 1730 to Abigail Clark, who was born
171 1, daughter of Captain Joseph and Abigail
(Smith) Clark. She died February 13, 1747, but
no record of his death appears. Their children were :
Seth, Abigail, Samuel, Henry, Hannah, Maria.
Amos, Sarah and Azuba.

(V) Henry (4), third son and fourth child of
Henry (3) and Abigail (Clark) Smith, was born
January 28, 1736, probably in Walpole and lived
in that town. He was a soldier of the Revolution.
He was married, February 5, 1761, to Barsheba
Blake, and their children were : Royal. Eunice,
Enos, Mary and Lydia.

(VI) Enos, second son and third child of Henry
(4) and Barsheba (Blake) Smith, was born Oc-
tober r6, 1771, in Walpole, Massachusetts. In the
record of his birth the name was written Eneas,
but all other records show it as Enos. He lived
many years in Medfield and late in life removed to
Walpole, where he died in 1861. He was married
in Medfield, March 31, 1797. to Amy Plimpton, who
was born April 30, 1774. in Medfield, daughter of
Silas and Esther (Clark) Plimpton. Their chil-
dren were : Esther, Royal, Amy, Olive, Arnold,
Edwin and Katherine.

(VII) Edwin, youngest son and sixth child of
Enos and Amy (Plimpton) Smith, was born July

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17, 1807, in Medfield. and became a machinist. He
was employed several years by the manufacture cor-
porations of Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1847
he removed to Milford where he was successful in
business. He died May 31, 1882. He was a Uni-
versalist in religious faith and a thinking man. While
employed in Manchester, he lived a portion of the
time in Goffstown. He was married, May 20, 1830,
to Sybil Wallace, who was born September 2, 1809,
in Townsend, Massachusetts, daughter of Benjamin
and Rebecca (Whitney) Wallace. She was a de-
scendant of John Wallace, of Stowe and Towns-
end. Massachusetts (which see) through his son
Jonathan, who was the father of Benjamin. There
were five children in this family: Edwin W., whose
sketch follows. Sarah M., Henry P., Nancy C. and
Joseph W., the last four are dead.

(VHI) Edwin Wallace, son of Edwin and
Sybil (Wallace) Smith, was born at Goffstown,
New Hampshire, July 28, 1831. He was educated
in the common schools, afterwards engaging in the
machinist's trade at Milford, New Hampshire. In
1893 he moved to Brookline, New Hampshire, and
bought a farm of ninety-six acres, which he has
brought to a high state of cultivation. He is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
On October 25, 1853, Edwin W. Smith married
Eunice Augusta Hobart daughter of David and
Eunice (Wright) Hobart, of Hollis, New Hamp-
shire. They have one son, Edwin E., born July 13,


(Fifth Family.)
(I) Hugh Sinith and his wife Mary
SMITH were residing in Rowley, Massachu-
setts, as early as the year 1654. ' In all
probability they were not among the Rev. Ezekiel
Rogers' company which originally settled the town
in 1638, but arrived there at a later date. The rec-
ords indicate that they were the parents of seven
children: John, Samuel, Edward (born in 1654),
and four daughters, whose names do not appear.

(II) John Smith, who was of Rowley in 1659
was, as near as can be ascertained from the records,
the John previously mentioned as the son of Hugh
and Mary. The maiden name of his wife was
Faith Parrot and he was the father of John and
Jonathan (twins), born at Rowley in 1669; and
probably of Benjamin.

(HI) Benjamin Smith, probably the youngest
son of John and Faith (Parrot) Smith, married
Martha Kilborn and had Moses, born in 1711;
Benjamin, the date of whose birth will be recorded
presently; Jacob, born in 1720; Joseph, in 1724;
and four daughters.

(IV) Benjamin (2), second son of Benjamin
(i) and Martha (Kilborn) Smith, was born in
Rowley in 1719. His wife was before marriage
Elizabeth Creasey, and his children were : Isaac,
the next in line of descent; Benjamin, born in 1756;
Joseph, born in 1765; and four daughters, whose
names are not given.

(V) Isaac Smith eldest son of Benjamin and
Elizabeth (Creasey) Smith, was born in Rowley
in 1743. He married Elizabeth Hibbert and had ten
children, namely: Isaac, who will be again referred
to; James, born in 1768; Benjamin, born in 1771 ;
Moses, born in 1773; David, born in 1776; George,
born in 1779; Edward, born in 1784; Thomas
(called Lorane), born in 1787; Amos, born in 1790;
and a daughter.

(VI) Isaac (2), eldest child of Isaac (i) and'
Elizabeth (Hibbert) Smith, was born in Rowley,
June 25. 1766. He acquired a good education and

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for many years was engaged in teaching school.
For intervals he resided in Ipswich, Massachusetts,
Canterbury, CoHcord, Loudon and Hopkinton, New
Hampshire, and while in Loudon he owned and
operated a saw and grist mill. At one time he was
postmaster at Ipswich, held town offices and was
a deacon of the Baptist Church. His death oc-
curred in Llopkinton, December 23, 1857, in his
ninety-second year. On December 6, 1789, he mar-
ried Abigail Coggswell, daughter of Dr. Nathan
XToggswell of Rowley, and had a family of thirteen
children namely : Elizabeth, born September 2,
1790; Nabby, May 24, 1792; Charles, who is re-
ferred to in the succeeding paragraph ; John born
March 19, 1795; Abigail, born October 21, 1796;.
Sarah, born June 30, 1798; Isaac, born March 14,.
1800 ; Hannah C, born September 10, 1801 ; David
Franci.s, born March 15, 1804; Nathaniel, born
March 4, 1806 (died young) ; Louisa, born August
4, 1808; Nathaniel C, born March 26, 1809; and
Edmund Emery, born February 9, 181 1. The
mother of these children died January 7, 1838.

(VII) Charles, third child and eldest son of
Deacon Isaac and Abigail (Coggswell) Smith, was
born in Rowley March 11, 1794. When a young,
man he was with his father at Loudon where he
operated a saw mill for a time, and in 1824 he re-
moved to a farm in Candia. The rest of his active-
life was spent in tilling the soil, and his death oc-
curred in Candia in 1S73. Politically he was a DeuT-
ocrat. In his religious belief he was a Baptist. He
married Louise Batchelder, who died in 1863,
daughter of Abraham Batchelder, of Loudon. They
had children : Charles, Louisa, Emeline, Edmund
Emery, see forward; Alvah A., Abbie C. and
Clara R.

(VIII) Edmund Emery, second son and fourth
child of Charles and Louise (Batchelder) Smith,,
was born in Candia, August 20, 1830. His early ed-
ucation was obtained in the public schools, and after
completing his education at the Pembroke Academy^
he taught school, and for a time resided at Ded-
ham and South Reading (now Wakefield), then in'
West Boylston. He then returned to the homestead-
in Candia, and assisted in the cultivation and man-
agement of the farm during his father's declining:
years. Having succeeded to the property upon the
death of his father, he was energetically engaged
in its cultivation with very profitable results. He
was also engaged in the lumber business for a num-
ber of years. In politics he is a Republican, and'
has served as a member of the board of selectmen*
for two years. He is a member of the Congrega-
tional Church. Mr. Smith married (first), 1857,
Mary Fitts, of Candia, daughter of Abraham and
Mary (Emerson) Fitts, and granddaughter of
Abraham Fitts, who was born in Salisbury in 1736,.
and later settled in Candia. They had children:
I. George F.. a farmer and jeweller in Auburn,
where he has filled the office of tax collector for a
period of fourteen years. He married (first), Mary
A. Fitts, and had one child: Howard E., married
(second), Carrie E. Simpson. 2. Mary A., mar-
ried George Currier, of Deny, and had children:
Helen Florence and Mabel Henriette. Edmund
Emery Smith married (second) Sarah A. Patten,
of Auburn, and had children : i. Henry C, born
March 10, 1866, died January 11. 1893. He was an
expert machinist. He married Mary E. Johnston,
of Manchester, and they had one son, born March
19, 1893. 2. Charles S., born November 6, 1875.
He was educated in the public and high schools of
his na.tive town, and spent one year in Pembroke.-



Academy. He resided at the home of his parents
until he had attained his majority, then obtained
a position in the Mirror office, Manchester, New
Hampshire. At the expiration of two years he
■ went to Boston, Massachusetts, and secured em-
ployment with the Colonial Press, of which C. H.
Symonds is the proprietor. Mr. Smith is now en-
gaged as a cylinder pressman. He is a member of
Berkley Temple Church, the Gymnasium and Glee
clubs of the Young Men's Christian Association,
and of the De Soto Lodge, Knights of Pythias.
(Sixth Family.)

One of the numerous families of this
SMITH name in New Hampshire came

through Dunstable, originally Massa-
chusetts, and has now numerous branches in vari-
ous parts of the state. They seem to have been
people of strong character, both physically and
mentally, and still evince the sturdy nature of their

(I) The name of Abraham Smith appears early
in the records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the
occasion being a fine of sixpence for permitting his
heifer to trespass in the planting field November 4,

(II) John Smith, who is presumed to have been
a son of Abraham, in the absence of any records,
was married at Cambridge, June 8, 1676, to Sarah
Prentice. Their children, born in that town, were :
Sarah (died young), John, Sarah and Joseph.
There were probably other children, but they are
not recorded.

(III) Samuel Smith, born about 1690, was prob-
ably a son of John and Sarah (Prentice) Smith.
He resided in Menotomy, and had by his wife,
Sarah, the following children : Sarah, Susannah,
Anna, Pelatiah, Samuel, Michael. Joseph, Benjamin,
Robert (died young), Thomas, Robert and Daniel.

(IV) Deacon Benjamin, fifth son and eighth
child of Samuel and Sarah Smith, was born Janu-
ary 13, 1736, in Menotomy. and was a pioneer of
Dunstable, Massachusetts, where he was held in
high regard, as a member of the church and active
in the development of a frontier community. He
died in March, 1821, at the age of eighty-five years.
He was married, October 6, 1762, to Joanna Lund,
of Dunstable.

(V) Benjamin (2), son of Benjamin (i) and
Joanna (Lund) Smith, was born June 2, 1765, in
Dunstable, and was, like his father, a pioneer in
frontier development. He spent a .short time be-

• fore his majority in Boscawen, but soon pushed on
into newer regions. In 1785. according to the "His-
tory of Coos county," Benjamin and Caleb Smith
came from Boscawen to Stark, New Hampshire.
They were probably brothers, and both were strong,
sinewy men, well fitted to hew a way out of the
wilderness. Benjamin Smith built the first house
in Stark, which was situated on a hillside in what
is now the center of the town, near the Ammonsuc
river. As illustrating his strength it may be men-
tioned that the sheriff once came to arrest him for
a small debt. The officer took hold of Smith, and
they started home, but the latter kept up such a
rapid gait, leaping five foot fences and clearing
away everything that came in^ his way, that the
sheriff, completely exhausted, gave up his game and
never renewed the attempt at capture. The tax
list of Stark for the year 1809 rates Benjamin
Smith at one poll, one horse, one colt, two oxen,
one cow, five young cattle, three acres pasture, five
mowing, two arable. He was a farmer all his life,
held various town offices, and attended the Meth-
odist Church. About 1786 Benjamin Smith mar-
ried Hannah Smith, possibly the daughter of Ca-

leb, and they had seven children: Sally, born April
I. 1787; Nancy, born June 6, 1789; Benjamin, born
March 2, 1792; Nathan, born August 27, 1794;
Hannah, born January 18, 1798. No records are
preserved of the birth of the others, but their names
are given as Jeremiah E. and Lucinda.

(VI) Jeremiah E., son of Benjamin (2) and
Hannah (Smith) Smith, was born at Stark, New
Hampshire, probably about 1800. He was a farmer
all his life, and was a prominent and useful citizen
of his native town. He was a Democrat, but took
small part in politics. He was a member of the
Methodist Church, and was strong in his religious
faith. On January 29, 1827, Jeremiah E. Smith
married Olive Cole, daughter of Oifford Cole, a
member of a prominent family in Stark. There
were four children: Jane E., Louisa M., one died
in infancy, George W. R. M., whose sketch follows,
is the only one of these children now living. Jere-
miah E. Smith died in 1885, and his wife died Jan-
uary s, 1865.

(VII) George Washington Rowell Michael,
son of Jeremiah E. and Olive (Cole) Smith, was
born at Stark, New Hampshire, November 30, 1841.
He was educated in the district schools of his na-
tive town, and did farming in early life. For sev-
eral years he conducted a store in Stark, and after-
wards became a member of the Percy Lumber Com-
pany, of which he has been manager since 1880.
The officers of this company, whose business is
the leading industry of the region, are: President,
John C. Littlefield, Manchester, New Hampshire;
secretary, James F. Baldwin, of Manchester; treas-
urer and general manager, Luther C. Baldwin,
Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Smith is also a
member of the firm of Baldwin & Smith, manufac-
turers of bobbins. The product is manufactured
at Percy, New Hampshire, and finished at Auburn,
Maine; and the firm employs from one hundred
and fifty to two hundred men at Percy and about
forty at Auburn during the winter. They have also
a plant at West Bethel, where they give employ-
ment to a large number of men. In 1889 Mr.
Smith, in partnership with Henry R. Girard, bought
out_ the Lumber Company's store at Percy. Mr.
Smith is considerably interested in farming, and
cuts about four hundred tons of hay on the com-
pany's land and his own. The Percy Company
owns about seven thousand acres of timber land,
and they also buy stumpage. In politics Mr. Smith
is independent, but he has never sought office. He
was selectman for a number of years, and was
representative in i88r, and has held minor local
offices. He attends the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and has been a member of the finance com-
mittee since he was eighteen years of age. He be-
longs to the Knights of Pythias and to the Odd
Fellows. Mr. Smith is a vigorous man, apparently
just in the prime of middle life, and enjovs the
respect of the community to a marked degree. He
has never used tobacco, liquor, beer or cards, and
has never attended dances. For thirty-seven years
he has had control of men in mills and lumber
camps, the number varying anywhere from thirty-
five to two hundred and fifty, and he has helped
many a worthy young man under his charge to
rise in the business. On May 7, 1863, Mr. Smith
married Mary Jane, daughter of Edmond and Han-
nah (Leavitt) Cole, of Stark. There are no chil-

(Seventh Family.)
The Smith family, of which Joseph
SMITH Brodie Smith, of Manchester, New
Hampshire, is a representative, is of
English descent, and is traced as follows:



(I) Silas Smith, born and married in England,
came to America with the Plymouth Company and
settled at Taunton, Massachusetts.

(II) Silas Smith, (2), son of Silas Smith (i),
married Hannah, daughter of Daniel Gazine, who
came over with the London Company. Their chil-
dren were: Isaac, Elijah, Silas, Cornelius. Elka-
nah, Bial, Samuel, .Hannah, died in Oneida county,
New York ; Rachel and Sally.

(III) Samuel Smith, seventh son and child of
Silas (2) and Hannah (Gazine) Smith, served
in the Continental army during the Revolution.
He married Abigail, daughter of John Wright, and
died at Henderson, New York, April 17. 1827.
Their children were : Amasa, died at the age of
one and a half years; Daniel, Mary, Abigail, Syl-
vester, Lydia, Polly. Samuel, Jr., Sally, Mercy, Anna
and Amasa (2). Of these children Abigail married
Rev. Elisha P. Sangworthy, of Balston Springs,
New York ; Sjdvester married Nancy Knitifin, of
Rutland, New York, March 19, 1806; Lydia married

Skellinger; Polly married Dr. William

Priest; Sally married Samuel Mills; Mercy mar-
ried Henry Millard; Anna married Jonathan Rufif;
Amasa (2) married Sally Sykes of Watertown,
New York.

(IV) Daniel Smith, born in Spencertown, Col-
umbia county, New York, February 26, 1775. He
was educated in the common schools, was a farmer
by occupation, and in 1802 came to EUisburg. Jef-
ferson county, and spent the summer there clear-
ing lands. In the fall of that year he went to
Schuyler, Herkimer county, where he married, and
in December, 1803, with his wife and infant daugh-
ter came to Rutland, Jefferson county, and pur-
chased a farm near Burr's Mills. Two years later
he moved to Hounsfield, same county, purchased
some land and erected a saw mill, the place being
known for some time as Smith's Mills, later Camp's
Mills. From Hounsfield he returned to Rutland,
purchased another farm, built a frame house, where
he lived until 1818, when he purchased and re-
moved to a large farm in Rodman, where he spent
the remainder of his life, and which is still owned
by his descendants. He was a lieutenant in the
war of 1812-14 and distinguished himself by his
bravery at the battle of Sackett's Harbor, when
their house was practically a hospital for sick sol-
diers. Daniel Smith married Susan Holmes, of
Keene, Cheshire county. New Hampshire, who for
sometime previous to her marriage lived with her
aunt, Mrs. Lucy (Holmes) Wheeler, wife of John
Wheeler, of Keene, New Hampshire. Their chil-
dren were : Abigail, born November 6, 1803, died
March 14, 1854; Laura, born January 30, 1805, died
1891 ; infant son, born August i, 1806, died same
day; Nancy M., born September i, 1807. died Feb-
ruary I, 1887; Almira H., born May 2, 1809, died
December 25, 1896; Daniel, born February 26, 1811,
died December 19, 1813 ; William P., born Febru-
ary 7. 1813, died January 5, 1899; Daniel, Jr., born
March 19,- 1815, died August 2, 1896; infant daugh-

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