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GENEALOGICAL AND FAMILY

HISTORY



OF THE



STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE



A PECnRl) OF THF ACHIFVHMENTS OF WiU PEOl'I.E IN THE MAklNC OF A
COMMONWEALTH AND IHE FOLINUING OF A NATION



CoMPiLF.n Under tiik Kditokiai. Supervision of
EZRA S. STHARNS

Kx-Secrktaky or State, Member A.mkruan Antii,;uari\n SuriEiv, New ICnglanu lIisTORir.-CENEALor.icAi.

Soi-iETV, New Hampshire State Historical Society; CoRRESPONniNr; Member Minnesota

State Historical Society; Member Fitciiburg Historical Society

ASSISTED BY

WILLIAM F. WHITCHER

Tfi'stee New Hampshire State Library. Member New Hampshire State Historical Society anii New

Kngi.anu Methodist Hisiorkal Society

AND

EDWARD E. PARKER

]l-dge of Probate, Nashua



VOL. Ill



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This is a name famous in Scotch
CAMPBELL history and it has contributed in
no small measure to the honor and
glory of America. It has long been well repre-
sented in New Hampshire, and is widely and cred-
itably known throughout the United States.

(I) Sir John Campbell, as duke of Argyle, as-
sisted at the coronation of James the First of Eng-
land. He was an otScer of William the Prince of
Orange in 1690, and participated in the battle of
the Boyne Water in the north of Ireland. He later
settled in Londonderry, Ireland, where he married
and became the father of several children, one of
whom was Henry.

(II) Henry, son of Sir John Campbell born
1697. married, 1717, and in 1733 came to America,
accompanied by his wife and five children, and set-
tled in Windham, New Hampshire.

(III) Henry (2), son of Henry (i) Campbell,
married Jeanette Mack, who was born on the ocean
and died 1776. In 1765 the family moved to Lon-
donderry, New Hampshire, and later Henry Camp-
bell resided in Fletcher, Vermont, where his death
occurred in 1813. He was the father of five sons,
among whom was John.

(IV) John, son of Henry (2) Campbell, born
1786, was a blacksmith and farmer at West Henniker,
and was among the best known and most respected
citizens of the town, his influence for good being
felt throughout the community. ' He was honored
by his townspeople with many offices of trust, the
duties of which he performed in an efficient and
creditable manner. He married, December 23, 1S12,
Sarah, daughter of Oliver Noyes, and their children
were : Eliza, Cyrus, James, and John C. John
Campbell, after an active and useful life, died Sep-
tember 7, 1863. His wife died April 30. 1858.

(V) John C, son of John Campbell, born in
Henniker, New Hampshire, January 11, 1822, was
reared on the homestead and received his education
in the district schools. In 1861 he removed to вЦ†
Hillsborough and accepted a position as cashier in
the Hillsborough National Bank, which he held
up to the time of his death, 1896, the unusual period
of thirty-five years, his tenure of office being noted
for ability and integrity. His active career was
characterized by the sterling qualities which insure
good citizenship, and he won and retained the es-
teem and confidence of those with whom he was
brought in contact, either in business, political or
social life. For more than two decades he served
as town treasurer, and during the greater portion
of this time was elected by both parties, this fact-
amply testifying to his popularity. He was a di-
rector in the Petersborough & Hillsborough Rail-
road and was instrumental in having the line com-
pleted from Hillsborough to Petersborough. _ He
was treasurer of the Society of the Congregational
Church, and was a member of the Blue Lodge and
Chapter of Masons at Henniker, in which he held
many offices and took great interest. Mr. Campbell



married Julia Darling Butler, born in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, who bore him six children, namely:
E. Jennie, married Almon Oate, of Manchester.
Mary E., married George A. Upton, formerly a
lumber dealer of Townsend. Massachusetts, who
died 1899. Julia D., married Walter Steele, of
Stoneham. James H., died in infancy. James H.,
see forward. John B., born December 21, 1866, en-
gaged in the express business in Concord, New
Hampshire. The mother of these children died in
1898.

(VI) James H., son of John C. Campbell, was
born in Hillsborough, July 27, 1865, was reared
in Hillsborough Bridge and attended the
schools there, also high school and business college
of Manchester, New Hampshire. Prior to entering
the insurance business in Manchester, in which
line of work he is engaged at the present time
(1907). he served in the capacity of teacher, for
which calling he was thoroughly qualified. Mr.
Campbell married Sarah Louise, daughter of Bush-
rod W. Hill (q. v.). Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have
two childriin : Bushrod Hill, born July 12, 1893 ;
John Clififord. April 6, 1897.



This is unquestionably of English
RIXFORD descent and was early planted in

New England. It is probably an
offshoot of the Connecticut family of Rexford, but
the connection has not been established by exten-
sive research. The family was strongly represented
in the Revolution by William Rixford and his sons,
in Massachusetts.

(I) William Rixford was found in ^ledway,
Massachusetts, as early as 1751. The records of
Mendon, Massachusetts, show that he was married
November 13, 1751, to Anna Thayer. He is then
stvled of Medway and he resided in that town until
March, 1761. when he removed to Grafton, Massa-
chusetts. At the Lexington alarm in 1775 he
served in Captain Luke Drury's company of Minute
Men, and marched April 19, and remained under
arms sixteen days. He was still livin,g in Grafton
in 1782, and it is conjectured that he removed to
Hardwick, Massachusetts. Five children were born
to him in Medway, namely: Elizabeth, William,
Samuel, Henry and Simon ; and six in Grafton,
namely: Anna, Phoebe, Samuel, Elijah, died young;
Joseph and Elijah.

(II) William (2), eldest son and second child
of William (l) and Ann (Thayer) Rixford. was
born December 7, 1754, in Medway, Massachusetts,
and lived a few years after 1774 in Shrewsbury,
Massachusetts. He served three enlistments in the
Revolution from that town, and about 1782 he re-
moved to Winchester, New Hampshire, accom-
panied by his brothers Henry and Simon, and set-
tled there permanently. He was a Revolutionary
soldier, and in the Massachusetts rolls is credited
with having marched from Grafton in Captain Luke
Drury's company of Minute Men, belonging to Col-



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onel Artenias Ward's regiment, April 19, 1775.
Having cleared some ten acres and erected a log
cabin he returned to Grafton for the purpose of
bringing to their new habitation his family which
consisted of his young wife, an infant son and his
aged mother, all of whom journeyed thither on one
horse. He reclaimed from the wilderness and
brought to a good state of cultivation the farm
which is now or was recently owned by A. A. Put-
nam, and the primitive log cabin that originallly
sheltered the pioneer family, stood directly opposite
the present dwelling house. It contained a Dutch
fire place capable of holding a log eight feet long,
and afforded ample protection from the wolve.s
which frequently besieged it at night, but finding it
impregnable they contented themselves by devour-
ing the sheep. He married, January 28, 1779, Lucy
Wilson, of Northboro, Massachusetts and his chil-
dren were : Luther. Lucy, Ephraim, William, Sally,
Artemas. Harriet, Solomon, and Finis, all of whom
were natives of Winchester except the eldest.

(HI) Captain William, third son and fourth
child of William and Lucy (Wilson) Rixford. was
born at Winchester. It is quite probable that he ac-
quired his title in the militia. He remained upon the
homestead farm, and having assisted his father in
erecting a more pretentious frame dwelling, he was
left in possession of the cabin, ^ which he continued
to occupy for some years, or until completing an-
other frame dwelling. Some twenty-five years later
he removed to his father's residence, and his death
occurred at the old homestead in 1869. He was an
upright, conscientious man, a good neighbor and
an honored citizen. He married Betsey Willard,
daughter of Lieutenant Amos Willard, .and was the
father of five children : Eliza, now the widow of
Clark Dodge and resides in Keene. Emily, who
married (first), Willard Farrington, and (second)
Ebenezer Clark, of Keene, where she spent the re-
mainder of her life. William, Jr., Willard and
Lucius, the two last named being twins.

(IV) Willard, of the children of Captain Wil-
liam and Betsey (Willard) Rixford, was born in
Winchester, July 25, 1812, and died July 16, 1906.
He grew to manhood as a farmer at the homestead,
and his active years were devoted to that indepen-
dent calling. He resided in the house erected by
his father nearly one hundred years ago. up to his
decease, when he had attained his ninety-fourth
year. He married Rhoda Coombs, and she became
the mother of five children : Emily E., Henry W.,
Harriet E., Mary C. and William, who died in in-
fancy. Of these the only survivor is Henry W.,
of Winchester.

(V) Henry W., second child of William and
Rhoda (Coombs) Rixford, was born in Winchester,
January g, 1842. He attended the public schools,
and at an early age began to assist his father in
farming. Like his ancestors he has found agriculture
an agreeable and satisfactory occupation, and for
many years he has ably managed the homestead
farm. Mr. Rixford has always refused to hold
office, although he is a Republican of the stalwart
type. The family attend the Universalist Church.

On January I. 1868, he married Elsie P. Stowell.
born in Winchester, January 18, 1847, daughter of
Roswell Stowell, whose birth took place in Ches-
terfield, this state, November 17, 1815. Mr. and
Mrs. Rixford are the parents of three children:



Delia G., Nellie R. and Jessie P. Delia G. married
Burton G. Willard, and has two children: Elsie M.
and Ella R. Willard. Nellie R. married Jesse Loreno
Putnam, and thev have six children: Willard A.,
Harold R., Marshall H., Bertha M., Marian B. and
Clarence E. Jesse P. married P. H. Willard.



The original bearer of this cognomen
MOSELEY took it without doubt from the lo-
cality in which he dwelt. The as-
sumption of the name indicates that He was one
who dwelt permanently at that place, and was a
person of settled habits. When the religious
troubles of the seventeenth century arose, a de-
scendant of the first Moseley found his environ-
ment made intolerable by fanatical oppression and
removed from England to the freedom of the New
England forest, and settling there was the first of
five generations who lived contentedly, like their de-
scendants, in the same town. The name and the
record of the family both show that the Moseleys
were (and still are) of that class of citizens who
are well thought of by their neighbors, love
home and can succeed wherever they choose to
make their abiding place.

(I) John Moseley, whose name in the ancient
records is spelled with many variations, as Mawdes-
ley, Modesley. Madesley, but has long been fixed as
Moseley, came probably in the ship "Mary and
John," which sailed from Plymouth, England,
March 20, 1630. settled at Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, in 1630, was admitted freeman, March 14.
1639, and died there August 29, 1661. He married
(first) Elizabeth (surname unknown), and by her
had a son Joseph or John, born 1638, but whether
any more children or not is unknown. His second

wife. Cicely , died November 3, 1661. She

named in her will three children: John, Elizabeth
and Thomas.

(II) Thomas, youngest child of John and Cicely
Moseley, was born in Dorchester, where he died Oc-
tober 22, 1706. He was admitted to the church in
1658. He married, October 28, 1658, Mary, daugh-
ter of Thomas Lawrence, of Hingham. She died
.\pril, 1723. They had nine children: Increase,
John, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth, L'nite, Ebenezer,
Nathaniel and Joseph.

(III) Ebenezer. fifth son and seventh child of
Thomas and Mary (Lawrence) Moseley, was born
in Dorchester, September 4, 1673, and died Septem-
ber 19, 1740. He was constable, 1705, town treas-
urer, 1720, town clerk,' 1721, and selectman, 1719-21.
He married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of William
Trescott, and (second) Hannah, daughter of John
Weeks.

(IV) Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth
(Trescott) Moseley, was born May 19, 1695, mar-
ried. May 29, 1718, Elizabeth Atherton, born April
14, T701, daughter of Humphrey and Elizabeth
Atherton, of Dorchester.

(V) Thomas, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth
(. Atherton) Moseley, born in Dorchester, June 2.
1728, married. April' 23, 1752, Esther Davis, born in
Dorchester, November 7, 1731, daughter of Jona-
than, Jr., and Sarah Davis. She died April 21,
1811.

(VI) Samuel Moseley. son of Thomas and
Esther (Davis) Moseley, born in Dorchester, Mas-
sachusetts, October 3, 1765, died in Weathersfield,
Vermont, June 20. 1828, aged sixty-two years. When





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^ young man he went with his brother Ebenezer to
Weathersfield, where he resided and carried on the
business of tanning. He married, December 29,
1793, Priscilla Baker, daughter of Ebenezer and
Abigail Baker. Mr. Baker died May 24. 1798, aged
fifty-seven years. His wife died January 24, 1780.
The children of Samuel and Priscilla (Baker)
Moseley were : Baker, Fanny, Elmira, Laurena,
Franklin and Francis (twins), Abigail Preston, Es-
ther Christia and Eleanor.

(VH) Franklin, second son and fifth child of
Samuel and Priscilla (Baker) Moseley, was born in
Weathersfield, Vermont^ August 4, 1S04, and died
January 12, 1894, in Concord. His boyhood was
passed in his native town, where he went to school
and between terms rendered such aid as he could to
liis father. When about sixteen years of age he
went to Boston, and as he had but little money, but
was possessed of a sound physical constitution and
plenty of energy, he made the journey on foot, as
was not an uncommon thing in those days. On his
arrival in Boston he took a place as clerk in a dry
goods store, where he worked for a time. From
Boston he went to New Chester, now Hill, New
Hampshire, and in January. 1828, he and his twin
brother Francis entered into a partnership and
opened a general store.

In those days money was not plenty, and many
who bought goods could only pay for them in
work. To accommodate this class of customers the
Moseley firm bought palm leaf strips which the wo-
men wove into hats that were sent to Boston to be
sold. After the partnership had existed some years,
Francis Moseley died June 30, 1833, and Franklin
continued the jjusiness alone, and also had other
stores at Sanbornton and Danbury. In addition to
the mercantile business he engaged in the manu-
facture of shoes. He had a shop in which he em-
ployed twenty or thirty men, and this constituted a
large business in those days, when all the goods
were hauled by teams between Hill and Concord,
twenty-seven miles distant, and transportation be-
tween Concord and Boston was principally done by
the Boston and Concord Boating Company, which
ran a line of boats between those two cities by
canal and the Merrimack river, a distance of eighty-
five miles, until 1842, when the Concord Railroad
was finished. Mr. Moseley's business ability and
personal integrity are made evident by the fact that
while a resident of Hill he was elected to and filled
the offices of town clerk, selectman, justice of the
peace, and representative in the state legislature.

In 1852 he removed to Concord and entered the
employ of J. A. Gilmore & Company, wholesale
dealers in fleur and grain, and October 30, 1854, he
and David T. Watson bought out the interest of J.
A. Gilmore (afterward governor), but kept the old
name of J. A. Gilmore & Company. This firm then
consisted of Asahel Clapp, John H. Pearson, Benja-
min Grover, David T. Watson and Franklin Mose-
ley. Subsequently the name of the firm was J. H.
Pearson. Barron & Company, Barron, Dodge &
Company, J. V. Barron & Company, Howe, Moseley



& Company, John H. Barron & Company, and
Moseley & Company.

AiteT his removal to Concord, Mr. Moseley
never sought official recognition at the hands of his
fellow citizens. He attended the South Congrega-
tional Church, of which he was a libera! supporter.
His political affiliations were Democratic. He was
emphatically a business man, and his life was one
of steady and active devotion to business and family.
He retired from active mercantile pursuits about
1870. with success achieved through long years of
faithful attention to business and upright dealings.

He married, in Hill, February 24, 1835, Lydia
Rowell Hoyt, born in Amesbury, Massachusetts,
April 12. 1806. (see Hoyt VII) and their children
were : John Francis and Carroll and Carlos Beck-
with (twins).

(VIII) John Francis, oldest of the three sons
of Franklin and Lydia R. (Hoyt) Moseley, was
born in Hill, July 20, 183S, and died in Concord,
August 12, 1905. He received a common school
education, and learned how to transact mercantile
business in his father's store. On the removal of
his father's family to Concord John F. accompanied
them, and from 1853 to 1898 was actively engaged
in the flour and grain business, from which he re-
tired in 1900. During this period he was associated
cither as clerk or as partner in most of the firms of
which his father was a member in Concord. For
several years before his death he was interested in
the firm of G. N. Bartemus & Company, though not
in an active personal sense.

Mr. Moseley was a good business man and took
a pride in doing things well. He was a man of
high principles and sterling character. Of a natur-
ally reserved and retiring disposition, the number
of his acquaintances was not large. Those who
were brought into his favored circle speak in terms
of highest admiration of him. Without display he
acted well the part of an exemplary citizen, and
found true success in business by giving every man
his due. In the sphere where he was best known
he is greatly missed and truly mourned. His prin-
ciples were thoroughly established, and he was a
sincere Democrat, though he took no active part in
political movements. While he shunned often-
proffered official responsibility, he never shirked his
duty as a citizen, always expressing his convictions
at the polls, and leaving political preferment to
others who might desire it.

He married, August 23, 1880, Abbie Fletcher,
born June 6. 1845, in Loudon, New Hampshire,
daughter of James and Catherine (Orr) Fletcher,
the former a native of Loudon and the latter of
Chester or Auburn. James Fletcher was a son of
Joshua and Elizabeth (Chase) Fletcher, who were
married in 1799, and Joshua was a son of James
Fletcher. Mrs. Moseley resides in the beautiful
home erected in 1899-1900 by her husband, located
on Warren street, Concord.

(VIII) Carlos Beckwith. youngest son of
Franklin and Lydia R. (Hoyt) Moseley, was born
July IS, 1843, in Hill, and educated in the common



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schools of that town and in Concord, after the re-
moval of his father to the latter place. In i860 he
was appointed to a clerkship in the Concord post-
office and filled that place a year. From 1861 to
1863 he was employed as a telegrapher, and the
following seven years as a clerk in the offices of the
Concord Railroad Company. In 1870 he took a
position in the flour and grain business, where he
was steadily engaged for the following thirty years,
devoting his time and energy to that business, first
as a clerk and later as a partner, and meeting with
well deserved success. He retired in 1900, at the
same time as his brother John, and has since that
time been interested in real estate at York Beach,
Maine. Diligence in business, reliability, and an
affable manner have been three important factors
in Mr. Moseley's success. He is a Democrat, but
takes no active part in political affairs, and attends
the South Congregational Church.

Carlos B. Moseley was married in Concord. No-
vember 28, 1872, by Rev. F. O. Aj'er, pastor of
North Congregational Church, to Helen A. Morgan,
daughter of Charles L. and Josephine A. (Spiller)
Morgan, of Concord. They have two children :
Charles Franklin, the elder, married Lida B.
Knowles, of Fort Fairfield, Maine. Lydia Jose-
phine, married Frank Webster Sanborn, and has
one child, Waldo Moseley Sanborn. All reside in
Concord. In 1S98 Mr. Moseley began the erection
af his handsome home, on Merrimack street. Con-
cord. It was completed in 1900, and is fitted with
the appointments, adornments and comforts of a
thoroughly modern dwelling.



The Scotch blood which is borne by
DUNLAP many citizens of New Hampshire has

done much to maintain the high
moral standard of the state, and has also been active
in clearing away the forest and developing its re-
sources and industries.

(I) Archibald Dunlap removed from the north
of Ireland and was among those to early arrive in
New Hampshire, settling in~ Chester. He located
on home lot No. 26 of that town. In 1741 he mar-
ried Martha, daughter of Joseph Neal, of that town,
and their children were : Joseph, James. John,
Mary, William, Sarah. Samuel and Martha. The
father and the three daughters died within a period
of three weeks of a throat disorder, which was
probably diphtheria.

(II) Samuel, youngest son and seventh child of
Archibald and Martha (Neal) Dunlap, was born in
Chester, and was bound out to learn the carpenter's
trade. While residing in Chester he worked largely
at his trade in Concord, and assisted in erecting the
steeple of the first church built in that town in 1783.
Soon after attaining his majority he married Nancy
Corcoran and settled first in Henniker. In 1797 he
removed to Salisbury, New Hampshire, and there
died August 2, 1830. On December 30, 1806. he
bought a half interest in the saw mill of David
Pettingill. on the site of the present Prince Mill,
and on the tenth of the following March he pur-



chased the other part of the property, thus becoming-
sole owner. To this he added a gristmill and the
records show that on April 13, iSii. he sold saw
and grist mills to his sons, John and James. His-
children were : Sarah, Joseph, Samuel, John, James,
William, Mary, Thomas (died young), David,
Nancy, Thomas, Daniel and Joel.

(III) David, seventh son and ninth child of
Samuel and Nancy (Corcoran) Dunlap, was born
April 2, 1794, in Henniker, New Hampshire, and
early in life went to Schenectady, New York, where
he learned the trade of saddler with his uncle, Will-
iam Dunlap. He settled in Newburyport, Massa-
chusetts, and died there in November, 1S29. He
married in that town, February 4, 1824, Fanny,
daughter of Abel and Bridget (Smith) Bartlett.
She was born January 15, 1801, in Newburyport,
where she died September 24. 1829. Their children
were : Joseph D., William and Henry S. The eld-
est son resides in Westfield, Massachusetts. The-
second in Salisbury and the third in Concord. New
Hampshire.

(IV) William, second son of David and Fanny
(Bartlett) Dunlap, was born August 23, 1826, in
Newburyport, Massachusetts, and went to Salisbury,
New Hampshire, when three years of age to live
with his uncle, James D. Dunlap, and remained with
him sixteen years. In the meantime he had the ad-
vantages of the excellent schools of Salisbury, and
at the same time learned the milling business which
he continued for many years. He was a student
for a time at Tilton Academy and then entered the
employ of Cyrus Gookin at West Salisbury. At the
age of eighteen years he went to Concord and for
two or three years was employed in the manufacture
of sash and blinds, which was conducted by Daniel
H. Dunlap. Returning to Salisbury he became a
partner of Cyrus Gookin, January i, 1857. and for
seventeen years they conducted a mercantile busi-
ness at West Salisbury. After the death of Mr.
Gookin Mr. Dunlap continued the business alone
and purchased the interest of his partner from his
heirs, and thus continued until old age compelled
his retirement from active labor. He died Febru-
ary 23, 1897. For many years succeeding the estab-
lishment of a postofKce at West Salisbury he was-
the postmaster in charge. He was several years-
clerk of the town, and in 1893 represented the town
in the legislature. In political principles he was a



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