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Copyright, 1901, 1902,



THIS Volume III of Lane Genealogies contains the last work
of Rev. J. H. Fitts. The body of the book was complete
and in the hands of the printer. Mr. Fitts, on finishing the copy
of an index, laid down his pen to go to the post office for his mail.
Returning, a near neighbor setting some rare hedge plants, asked
him to cross the street and see them. He handed the label with
the name of the plants to Mr. Fitts, who read it aloud, returned it
and at once fell forward lifeless, his face in the soft earth, Novem-
ember 22, 1900. The cause of his death was heart disease, of
which he had had some premonitions, but with no thought of such
a termination.

The Preface, toward which Mr. Fitts left notes, has been pre-
pared by Alfred Church Lane, A. M., Ph. D., F. G. S. A., of Lans-
ing, Michigan. The Annals, etc., have been arranged and completed
by his brother, Lucius Page Lane, S. B., A. ^L, of Boston, who has
also completed the indexes, by the aid of Miss Ellen \V. Lane, and
her sister, Elizabeth Nickerson (Lane) Church, of Maiden, Mass.
It remains for an old friend to add a notice of Mr. Fitts, especi-
ally in relation to his genealogical work, as a fuller general mem-
orial of him is in preparation.

Rev. James Hill Fitts was born in Candia, N. H., March 3,
1829, of John, the 7th generation from Robert Fitts, 1640, and
Abigail Lane, the 6th, from William Lane, of Boston, 1648.* He
attended Pembroke Academy and Merrimack Normal Institute, N.
H., and graduated at Bangor Theological Seminary, Me., 1858, and
was a member of Andover Theological Seminary, 1870-71. He
preached at Boxboro, Mass. ; was ordained at Candia, N. H.,
November 2, 1859; installed at West Boylston, Mass., September
3, 1S62 ; Topsfield, Mass., June 22, 1871 ; acting pastor at South
Newmarket, now Newfields, N. H., April 18, 1880, till his death.

♦See Gen. Fills family, p. 23, and Lane Gen., Vol. I, p. 175.

iv Lane Genealogies.

January i, 1862, he married ^lary C, daughter of C. M. and
Dolly (Pillsbury) French, who survives him. Before study at Ban-
gor he taught in schools and academy in Maine and Massachusetts,
served two terms of three months each on the Christian Commis-
sion in the civil war, and was on school boards wherever he was
pastor. As one of the School Board, Mr. Fitts wrote the annual
reports, and the esteem felt for him was manifested by the attend-
ance on his funeral at his church in Newfields, of the schools as a
body, and their provision for his picture to be placed in the school
building. In 1895 Mr. Fitts represented the town in the state
legislature, and was influential in changing its name from South
Newmarket to Newfields, the early designation of the southerly
portion of the town of Newmarket a century or more before its
division. This change was influenced by a legacy of $10,000 from
Hon. John M. Brodhead, son of Rev. John Brodhead, to the town
for a library on condition of such change. Mr. Fitts was a trustee
of this fund. He was a member of the New England Historic-
Genealogical and the New Hampshire Historical Societies, and of
several missionary societies, and for thirteen years was scribe of the
Piscataqua Association of Congregational and Presbyterian ministers.
A writer of various historical and commemorative discourses, and
an indefatigable investigator and successful collector of the facts of
local history, perhaps no one man ever knew so much of the local
history of south-eastern New Hampshire and contiguous parts of
Massachusetts and Maine as did Mr. Fitts. It is hoped that the
mass of manuscript information he left may be given to the public
or preserved for future use. In the course of his researches he
took genealogical notes of the Hilton, Wiggin and other historical
families of south-eastern New Hampshire, which are esteemed of
great value by some of their descendants and kindred.

His first formal work in this line he published in 1869, the
"Genealog}' of the Fitts or Fitz Family in America," 91 pages.
His later and larger efforts have been for the Lane families of his
mother's name. He aided Rev. Jacob Chapman materially in the
preparation of Vol I, and Mr. Chapman did what he could to aid
and encourage Mr. Fitts in compiling the succeeding volumes of
Lane Genealogies.

James Hill Fitts. v

These works were doubtless stimulated and their publication en-
couraged by the prevalent popularity of genealogical research, but
the immediate cause of Vol. 1, and so of the rest, was a suggestion
by Mr. Fitts toward organization.

The occasion of that suggestion was in the old church yard at
Stratham, N. H., where are the graves of Dea. Samuel Lane, the
eldest child of Dea. Joshua, of Hampton, and representatives of five
generations of his descendants. When Jabez, the youngest son of
Dea. Samuel, had set the stones at the graves of his parents, he took
his children there and charged them to keep those stones erect as
long as they should live. His son Charles told his son, John William,
of this, who took it as an injunction to do likewise, and was im-
pelled to search for the older graves of the family at Hampton and
perhaps Boston. No clew could be found for the graves of the first
William and wives, probably in Boston. But search in Hampton
among the bushes of the old " graveyard " revealed a foot-stone
inscribed " Dea. Joshua Lane." Proceeding through the bushes
the headstone was found erect, but the headstone of his wife,
Bathsheba, was broken and lying on the ground. Dea. Dow, the
historian of Hampton, was the only one found who could have told
where those graves were. John W. took his father, Charles, when
past eighty, to see for the first time, the graves of his great grand-
parents, and they temporarily reset the head stones, both thrown
flat on the ground, it was said, by cattle running in the yard. The
idea of a more permanent memorial was suggested, but how to
interest descendants was a question. After discouraging efforts and
considerable correspondence, beginning in 1876, Mr. Fitts was
consulted, who wrote, March 16, 1885 : "I think the matter of a
Lane monument has been talked of in a general way about long
enough. Get specifications of monument with inscriptions as a
basis of work. A meeting of the family at Hampton, whether a
dozen or a hundred attend, will give it something of a business
character. You have made an heroic beginning. Go ahead ! "

Further search in the old ground had shown some initial head
stones near Dea. Joshua's grave. The one next north was imbedded
in the grown roots of a pine tree some eighteen inches in diameter,
letters inward. The second stone bore the initials, " W. L." In a

vi Lane Genealogies.

diary of Dea. Joshua, was found for 6th January, 1745, "My
honored and dear mother died," and for 14th February, 1747,
" My honored father died at my house, aged above ninety." It
was thought if on the broken stone in the pine tree should be
found the initials, " S. L.," these graves next his own must be of
the parents of Dea. Joshua : William, son of WilHam, of Boston,
and Sarah (Webster), his wife. A petition to the selectmen of
Hampton resulted in an article in the warrant and a vote of the
town, March 10, 1885, permitting the tree to be taken out and a
monument erected. The tree was dug out ; the fragments of stone
carefully removed and placed together showed the desired ** S. L."
To this, in part, Mr. Fitts referred as " an heroic beginning." The
meeting he suggested was called at the Town Hall, in Hampton,
August 18, 1885. Organization was effected and committees were
chosen as suggested by Mr. Fitts. Plans were made to raise funds
for the monument. Relics of the family were shown, including the
broken initial stone, with its " S. L.," the family tree of Dea. Joshua,
and an original copy of the " Tear of Lamentation," read at Dea.
Joshua's funeral, by his son Jeremiah, once owned by his daughter
Abigail. By the generosity of Dr. J. W. White, of Nashua, N. H.,
it was voted that this address be reprinted and a copy given to
every contributor of ^i or more to the monument fund. The sons
of Rev. Jas. P. Lane did the printing, as they did of the address
of their father, given September i, 1886, when Gov. Frederick
Smyth was present, by whose generosity this address was also given
to contributors of $1 or more to the monument fund. Thus dona-
tions came from Maine to Georgia and California, and one each
from England and the Sandwich Islands.

George W. Lane, of Salem, was treasurer of this fund, and
reported $479 received, and $60.22 allowed by him as interest
while collecting — in all, $539.22. The monument of Quincy gran-
ite cost $397.52 ; plan, lettering, labor, posts, markers and found-
ation, cost $101.70, leaving $40 unexpended. It was not ready
for dedication, as expected, at the 250th anniversary of Hampton,
to which the Lane meeting came on the invitation of the town.
It was hoped there would be $100 for the town of Hampton,
whose annual interest should pay for the care of the lot, but it was










James Hill Fitts. vii

voted to apply this surplus toward completing and printing the
Lane Genealog}', begun by Dea. E. J. Lane, of Dover, N. H., in
1839, and continued by Rev. James P. Lane, till his death January
6, 1889. At the fifth annual meeting for the dedication of the
monument, August 14, 1889, Mr. Fitts made the principal address.
He was chosen with George W. Lane, of Salem, Mass., Dr. E. B.
Lane, of Boston, and Rev. John W. Lane as a committee to see to
the completion and printing of the genealogy, which committee
also became responsible for its cost. Rev. Jacob Chapman, of
Exeter, N. H., undertook the work, as is recorded in his Preface to
Volume L

Rev. Mr. Chapman, Mr. Fitts, J. P. and J. W. Lane deliberated
long in mutual correspondence on the simplest, most comprehen-
sive and best form for inscriptions on the monument, especially the
general one on the south end. All agreed on this, toward which J.
P. Lane had the last word :

To the Memory of

, A W o r t h y A n c e s t r y

By Descendants

And Kindred


The Town of Hampton

By Vote


March 10, 1885.

The inscription on the north end gives all the known dates of the
first William, viz. :

William Lane

In Boston 1650

Made Freeman, May 6, 1657

His wife Mar^'

Died May 22, 1656

3 children

His wife Mary Brewer
Mar. Aug. 21, 1656

4 children,

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On the east side on the right and over their graves is the inscrip-
tion to William Lane, of Hampton, and wife, and on the left the
inscription to Dea. Joshua Lane and wife.

Dea. Joshua Lane William Lane

June 6, 1696 Oct. i, 1659
was killed by lightning Came to Hampton, 1685

June 14, 1766 Feb. 14, 1749

His wife His wife

Bathsheba Robie Sarah Webster

Aug. 2, 1696 Jan. 22, 1660

Apr. 13, 1765 Jan. 5, 1745

16 children. 7 children.

On the west side are the names, year dates and places of resi-
dence of the sixteen children. The picture shows the east side
and south end.

My first acquaintance with Mr. PMtts was as a fellow student at
Merrimack Normal Institute, N. H., in 1850, when neither of us
knew that we were of the seventh generation from William Lane,
of Boston, 1648. This friendship matured on Mr. Fitts' coming,
in part by my influence, to my native Newfields, since which we
have been in frequent correspondence. It has been a source of
satisfaction to aid and encourage Mr. Fitts in his unselfish efforts to
introduce our relatives and kindred to each other, but for all I
could do I have felt in debt to him, I miss him as a brother be-
loved. In my gratitude for his life, many whose records are in
these volumes will share.

And when we think of the Christian integrity he so fondly traced
in our progenitors, I am confident we shall agree that he might
have used the language of the Hampton monument and dedi-
cated this book

To THE Memory of a Worthy Ancestry.

John Wm. Lane.
Hadley, Mass., July 24, 1901.


THE first two volumes of Lane genealogies brought together
accounts of the descendants of nine of the name who
reached the New World in colonial times. As Rev. James Pills-
bury Lane has remarked, there were over a dozen of them, and it has
seemed wise to close this, the third, volume with Rev. Mr. Fitts'
account of three more, who were of the same English stock, leav-
ing to some other hands the task of building into further volumes
the mass of notes which Mr. Fitts had accumulated regarding other
Lanes ; in particular, the families of Sampson Lane, of Portsmouth,
N. H., 1646, and his kinsman, Ambrose; James Lane, of Bos-
ton, 1662; Nehemiah Lane of Lunenburg, Mass., 1728; John
Layne, of Lee, N. H., 1760; Alexander Lane, of Fishkill-on-the-
Hudson, N. Y., about 1700 ; NLitthias Lane, of Bedminster, N. J.,
1721 ; F^benezer Lane, of Western Virginia, 1770; Amos Lane, of
Lawrenceburgh, Indiana, 1808, father of Gen. James Henry Lane,
of Kansas ; James Asa Lane (of Ohio?), i 781 ; and the Lane family
of Bristol, Maine, 1836; and that of colonial Virginia and North
Carolina, connected according to tradition with Sir Ralph Lane,
Knight, Governor of Virginia, 1585, including Elliot T. Lane, of
Mercersburg, father of Miss Harriet Lane, of the White House ;
James Hardage Lane, grandfather of Gov. Henry Smith Lane, of
Indiana, and Joseph Lane, of Halifax, N. C, 1727, father of Col.
Joel Lane, the pioneer, and grandfather of Gen. Joseph Lane,
Governor of Oregon ; as well as additional material relative to
families included in Volumes 1 and II ; that is, those of William
Lane, of Boston, Mass., 1648; William Lane, of Dorchester, Mass.,
1635; Robert Lane, of Stratford, Conn., 1660; and Cornelius
Lane, of Middletown, Conn., 1744, Somerset county, N. J., 175-,
and Albany, N. Y.

It is far from safe, in the case of so common a name, to assume
that all Lanes are of the same family, or that because one Lane,

X Lane Genealogies.

whose name was inscribed on the roll of Battell Abbey, came over
with William the Conqueror, any of the American Lanes wind their
way back in continuance to that one, still represented among the
gentry of England. It is quite possible, however, that if the name
Lane sometimes was a local designation, applied to a man who
lived in a lane, e. g. : John at the lane, the existence of the name
as a surname already may have aided in the assumption of the
shorter form. It is quite likely also that in some cases the Gaelic
Maclean has been shortened to Lean. One case of this has fallen
under my own observation. The change of spelling from Lean to
Lane would then be an easy matter, especially in times when as
Mr. Fitts remarks, " in early records the name is variously spelled
Lane, Laine, Layne, Lean, and the name with the prefix Mac or
Mc has the same variety of form." Rev. James P. Lane mentions
the possible derivation of name from the French laine, the word
for wool, and suggests that French Huguenots, wool growers or
workers, may have assumed the name. The name of Reyner, Job
Lane's father-in-law, is certainly French, and there were Huguenot
settlers in this part of England, so that Rev. Mr. Lane may be
right. But in default of definite documents we have to admit that
kinship among Lanes is a matter of conjecture, and that the path
of the genealogist is appropriately enough strait and narrow. Yet
we have been enabled by wills, with the indispensable help of my
friend, J. W. Evans, LL. B., Sc. D., F. G. S., to locate definitely
the English home of the Lanes included in this volume (owing to
the fact that their family so long retained an interest in property
in England,)* as in Rickmansworth, almost a suburb of London.
It seems therefore fit that they should have a volume to themselves.
Some have questioned the use of these genealogies and the wis-
dom of the taste for them which has of late increased so greatly in
America. But it has never been thought unworthy the dignity of
the historian to trace the genealogies of reigning families, and each
of these family genealogies may be considered as a contribution to
that of the American sovereign. He who reverences the Bible
cannot despise them as useless, for he must own that many of them
are preserved therein. Nor can the evolutionist consistently main-

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Preface. xi

tain that the more recent boughs of the family tree are less worthy
of study than the earlier. Moreover in such books the historian
finds many little incidents which are precious as showing what the
average man was doing and feeling. It was a bright idea of Rev.
Mr. Fitts to cull from his pages such facts and group them together
as Annals, and excepting indexes, etc., this is practically the only
part of the present volume which he had not completed. It has
been prepared from his rough manuscript notes by my brother,
Lucius P. Lane.

References in the text or in his manuscript show that Mr. Fitts
had examined records and histories and other publications relating
to the towns of Bedford, Billerica, Boston, Gloucester, Maiden and
Salem, Mass., Charlestown, N. H., and Woodstock, Maine, and the
Massachusetts counties of Middlesex, Worcester, and Suffolk, as
well as the Massachusetts and General Court records and archives,
Winthrop's Journal, Sewall's Diary, publications of the Society of
Colonial Wars, the genealogical works of Bond, and Farmer and
Moore, and the Avery genealog)'. From Mr. Fitts' notes he had
evidently intended, in addition to previous acknowledgements, to
express his thanks for help in preparing this volume to the late
William H. Whitmore, Esq., whose " Lane Family Papers " ap-
peared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
to Samuel Richards, Esq., of Maine, who contributed " Notes of
James Lane," in Old Times, October, 1883, and to Miss Charlotte
Augusta Lane, of Gloucester, Mass., Samuel Freeman Lane, Esq.,
of Pennsylvania, Miss Herreshoff, of Rhode Island, and Miss Alice
G. Lane, and Mr. Thos. E. Libby, of Vinalhaven, Maine.

Alfred C. Lane.
Lansing, Mich., July i, 1901.


THE long delay in the publication of this volume is in part due
to the fact that, while we were working over the preliminary
and complementary pages, knowledge was brought to us of the ex-
istence in England of additional wills, which furnish information
of the Lane ancestry of the families included in this volume, going
back three more generations to 1542. Beheving that there is suf-
ficient of interest in them to justify it, I have procured copies,
which will be found in their proper places in the Postscript prefixed
to Part I. For our knowledge of the existence and location of
these wills, all of which were filed in the Archdeacon's Court of St.
Albans, and for any information included in the Postscript not
gleaned from them, we are indebted to the courtesy of Mrs. Mary
W. (Lane) Poor, of Hackensack, N. J., for whom these items were
procured by the researches of a professional genealogist of London,
whom she independently employed.

Both Mrs. Fitts and I have received requests for the insertion of
additional information as to some of the families included in the
volume. Since pages 1-3 91 were all printed, in sufficient number
for the edition, before Mr. Fitts' death, the only way in which such
items could be added would be to put them on separate pages at
one end of the volume, as "Addenda." As this is not a very sat-
isfactory method, and moreover, to set a hmit to the date up to
which additions would be received would be perplexing, it has been
decided not to attempt at all to bring the information to a later
date than that reached at the time of Mr. Fitts' death. In lieu
thereof some blank leaves of writing paper will be bound in at the
end, and upon these may be completed and kept the particular
family record of each possessor of a copy of the volume.

L. P. Lane.
Boston, Mass., July 11, 1902.


Title page, ......... i

Copyright, ......... ii

Sketch of James Hill Fitts, his genealogical work, and the

Hampton Lane monument, by Rev. J. W. Lane, . . iii

Preface, by Alfred C. Lane, ...... ix

Note, by L. P. Lane, ....... xii

Contents, ......... xiii

Illustrations, ......... xiv

Corrections, ......... xv


Part L



" HL
" IV.

and prefixed Postscript. Lane Family
in Rickmansworth, England, and
vicinity, ..... xvi, xx

Job Lane of Maiden and Billerica,
Mass., ...... xvi

James Lane of Casco Bay, Maine, . xvii

Edward Lane of Boston, Mass., . . xix




Indexes :

Christian Names of Persons named Lane,
Collateral Surnames other than Lane, .
States and Towns, ....




Old Home of English Lanes, ....

James Hill Fitts, ......

Hampton Lane monument ....

Head stone at the grave of Job Lane in Maiden, Mass.,
Jonas Lane, .......

House built by Jonas Lane in 1786, .
Jonathan Lane,^ of Bedford, Mass., .
Jonathan Lane house, vignette of IMrs. Lane,
Anthony Lane, ......

House of Anthony Lane, ....

Jonas Henry Lane, M. D., of Boston, Mass.,
Jonathan A. Lane, ......

The wife and sons of Jonathan A. Lane, .
Ruhamah Augusta (Lane) Loomis and her sons,
Samuel Freeman Lane, .....

Jonas Henry Lane, of New York,

James Warren Lane^, .....

Mortimer Bliss Lane, James Warren Lane, Jr., and Arthur

Bliss Lane, . . . . . . . . .162

Head stone at the grave of Capt. Francis Lane, South

Paris, Maine, ........ 235

Ivlary Lane Richards, . . . . . . •237

Dr. Samuel Richards, . . . , . . .289
Ammi R. Lane, ........ 290

Capt. Mark Lane^, . . . . . . . .292

Giddings Lane, ........ 340

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It is desirable that each person who comes into possession of a
copy of this volume should immediately upon receiving it go
through it with pen and ink, making upon the proper pages the
corrections here mentioned. Reports of further errors discovered
should be sent in the care of The News- Letter Press, Exeter, N. H.

Page 28, line 6, for ^* Dachariah " put " Zachariah.^^

Page 56, at the foot of the page, the words from *' deacon " to ** memorial"
inclusive, should be placed after the name of Eckley, loth child of Timothy
Stearns', instead of after the name of Eckley, 3d child of Obed.

Page 79, at the foot of the page, for *' Bedell Bangs " put *' Biddies Boggs ;^^

for" Wilcox;' put ''John Henry Wilson;'' for '* Hodkins'' put

" Hodgkins:'

Page 99, line 4, for " 1746 " put " 1846."

Page no, entry VII, for "Augusta Joy" put "Augustus Joy;" for
Sarah Skidmore " put " Susan Skidmore."

Page 117, a little below the middle of the page, for "SARAH HAWES

Page 129, line ii from the foot of the page, for " Allin Rufus Reed'' put
'' Albin Rufus Reed."

Page 141, also line 11 from the foot of the page, for " 1843 " put " 1833."

Page 160, family 97, for EDWARD ERI POOR" put " EDW^ARD

Page 171, make a reference by footnote to mention of James Lane^ also in
Part II, pages 9, 12, 18.

Page 237, number 83, for "Annie Ruhamah " put " Ammi Ruhamah."

Page 267, line 7, for " Mehitable Britt " put " Mehitable Brett."

Page 310, line 2, second date, for " 1790 " put " 1791."

Page 362, family 147, make the pedigree of Capt. GEORGE EDWARD
LANE, read as follows: (Gideon^**-*, Joseph^, John'^, James*,) instead of
(Gideon''^, Joseph*'^, John*, James').



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