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"''-'•••■/' V^^^>'^ '^^u^-^^V:-*/' \'^y^^'^^ ^anklin Marden (6), was born in
the town of Mont \'ernon, .\'ew Hampshire,
.August 9, 1839. He was two years old when
the family removed to Nashua, New Hamp-
shire, but in the spring of 1847 returned to
Mont A^ernon where he attended the district
school until 1850, working at his father's trade
of shoemaker during all his spare hours, and
also at times in the Fancy Box Factory of W.
H, Conant in Mont \'ernon. He fitted for
college at .Appleton .Academy and entered
Dartmouth in the fall of 1857. He was
graduated in 1861, earning all of his college
e.xpenses by working and teaching school,
except the sum of five hundred dollars that
he had borrowed from friends. His first
school was in the village of North Chelms-
ford, .Massachusetts, in the winter of 1857-
58. He taught afterward in Nashua,
Mont Vernon and Hillsborough, New Hamp-
shire, and Randolph, Massachusetts. He
left college just as the Civil war began in



earnest, and in .November, 1861. enlisted as a
private in Company G, Second Regiment of
Berdan"s United States Sharpshooters, one of
the three New Hampshire companies raised
for Berdan's two regiments, and on the or-
ganization of his company was tendered the
warrant of orderly sergeant, which he de-
clined in favor of a member of the company
who had already served three months and
was, he thought, better qualified for the posi-
tion. Marden was chosen second sergeant
and went forward with his company, joining
the regiment at the Camp of Instruction on
Seventh street, Washington, D. C. Here both
the First and Second Regiments were en-
camped during the winter, and Marden was at
once detailed as clerk at headcpiarters to as-
sist Colonel Berdan, who was busy in corre-
spondence with the war department and the
Governors of various states where the sharp-
shooters were being recruited. In April,
1862, Colonel Berdan was ordered with the
First Regiment to join McClellan's army on
the Peninsula and the Second Regiment was
sent to McDowell's army on the Rapidan.
Colonel Berdan had Marden transferred to
the First Regiment with which he was con-
nected during the entire Peninsular cam-
paign. On reaching Harrison's Landing, af-
ter the Seven Days Fight, the quartermaster
of the First Regiment resigned and Sergeant
Marden was appointed to succeed him and
commissioned as first lieutenant by Governor
Berry, of New Hampshire. With this rank
he served during the remainder of the three
year term of his regiment, acting during most
of the time as assistant adjutant general on
the staff of Colonel Berdan, who was much of
the time in command of the brigade in which
the Sharpshooters were serving. He took
part in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettys-
burg, Wapping Heights, and many other en-
gagements in which Colonel Berdan had com-
mand of the brigade. He was mustered out
with the other field and stafif officers, Septem-
ber 24, 1864.

On returning home he spent the fall and
winter months in the study of law at Mont
Vernon. In the spring of 1865 he entered the
law office of Minot & Mugridge in Concord,
New Hampshire, as a student and clerk. He
became interested in newspaper work in Con-
cord through writing and reporting from time
to time for the Concord Monitor. He acquired
a liking for journalism, and when two of his
Dartmouth classmates who had settled at
Charlestown, Kanawha county. West Virginii,
requested him to take charge of a weekly



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newspaper at Kanawha, the Republican, he
accepted the position. When he found that he
was expected to swing the paper into the sup-
port of President Andrew Johnson, he gave
up the task in disgust and returned to New
Hampshire in the spring of 1866. He was
next in the employ of Adjutant-General Natt
Head, afterward governor, to edit tl]e his-
tories of the several New Hampshire military
organizations which had served in the war,
for the adjutant-general's report. He also did
some work for the Concord Monitor and be-
came the New Hampshire correspondent of
the Boston Daily Advertiser. January i, 1867,
he was called to Boston to become the assist-
ant editor of the Advertiser and was succeeded
as correspondent by Dr. Gallinger, now
United States senator from New Hampshire.
During the summer of the same year, while
visiting in Lowell, he became by merest
chance interested in a proposition for the sale
of the leading daily newspaper of that city,
the Loivell Daily Courier, and also the Lowell
Weekly Journal. In partnership with his col-
lege classmate and comrade in the Civil war.
Major E. T. Rowell, he purchased the news-
papers of Messrs. Stone & Huse, taking pos-
session September i, 1867. Mr. Marden took
charge of the editorial department and his
partner of the counting room, under the firm
name of Marden & Rowell. (See sketch of
Mr. Rowell elsewhere in this work). This
partnership continued exactly twenty-five
years. The business was incorporated in
1892, the interests of the two partners in the
company remaining equal, however, and their
relative positions the same. The Courier Pub-
lishing Company and the Citizen Company,
which published the Lowell Daily Citizen,
were consolidated December i, 1894, Mr.
Marden retaining his position as editor-in-
chief of the Daily Courier and Weekly Jour-
nal.

Mr. Marden had a brilliant career in politi-
cal life. He was an earnest and active Re-
publican and early became one of the leaders
of his party. He was elected representative
to the general court for 1873 from Lowell. He
was defeated for re-election, but had become
so popular in the house of representatives that
he was chosen clerk of the house for 1874 and
was re-elected each year until 1883, when lie
was again elected representative from his own
district and was chosen speaker; was re-
elected speaker the following year, and was
exceedingly popular as a presiding officer dur-
ing two very important sessions. He was
rt-t? senator the following year in a close dis-



trict, but was defeated for re-election. In the
fall of 1888 he was nominated for treasurer
and receiver general of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and re-elected five years in
succession, the limit allowed by the Constitu-
tion.

In 1880 he was elected a delegate from the
Lowell congressional district to the Republi-
can National Convention at Chicago, and was
one of the famous three hundred and six
constituting the "Old Guard" that voted for
General Grant for a third term. His associate
as delegate was Governor George S. Boutwell.
In 1886 Mr. Marden was appointed by Gover-
nor Ames trustee of the Massachusetts Agri-
cultural College, but he resigned when elected
state treasurer. In April, 1895, he was elected
vice-president of the Hancock National Bank,
of Boston, as an active executive officer, but
resigned after one year.

Mr. Marden was an efifective public speaker
and took part in every campaign after coming
to Lowell. In 1896 he was one of the LTnion
veterans who made a stumping tour by rail
in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South
Dakota. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky,
Illinois, Indiana. Ohio, Michigan, Pennsyl-
vania and New York. The tour was arranged
by General Russell A. Alger, of Michigan,
and the other speakers; were General O. O.
Howard, of Vermont, General Daniel E.
Sickles, of New York, General Thomas J.
Stewart, of Pennsylvania, Major J. W. Burst,
of Illinois, and Corporal James Tanner, of
Washington. He has delivered many ad-
dresses on formal occasions before various
organizations. He was the speaker at the an-
nual dinner on Forefathers' Day of the New
England Society of New York City on two
occasions. He has been the poet at Com-
mencement for the Phi Beta Kappa Society
and for the Society of the Ahnnni of Dart-
mouth College, also at the Reunion of the
Veteran Soldiers at Concord, New Hamp-
shire, of the Amoskeag Veterans, of the So-
ciety of the .'Krmy of the Potomac at Buffalo.
New York, and of the Delta Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity conventions at Boston. Rochester
and New Haven. He was the first comman*
der of Post No. 42, Grand Army of the Re-
public, of Lowell, and was a member of the
Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Massa-
chusetts Commandery. He died at his home
in Lowell, December 19, 1906.

He married. December lo, 1867, Mary Por-
ter, daughter of Deacon David Fiske, of
Nashua. New Hampshire, and his wife Har-
riet (Nourse^ Fiske, who was a lineal de-



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scendant of Rebecca Nourse, wife of Francis
Nourse, condemned to death and hanged for
witchcraft at Salem, Massachusetts. Children :
I. Philip Sanford, born January 12, 1874,
graduated at Dartmouth College in 1894, and
at the Harvard Law School. He married,
June 12, 1902, Florence S. Shirley. 2. Robert
Fiske. bom June 14, 1876, graduated at Dart-
mouth in 1898. He married, June 12, 1901,
Ella Pope.



(For first generation eee James Marden I.)

(H) James Marden, son of
MARDEN James Marden (i), was born
about 1670. He married, Oc-
tober 23, 1695, Abigail Webster, born in Hav-
erhill, May 27, 1676, the daughter of Stephen
and Hannah (Ayer) Webster. Stephen Web-
ster was the second child of John and Mary
(Shotswell) Webster, and was born at Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, in 1637; married, March
24, 1663, Hannah Ayer, and lived at Haver-
hill. John Webster, born in England about
1600, married Mary Shotswell, and emigrated
to America about 1635. (See Webster family).
James Marden resided at Newcastle where he
died prior to 1726. Children: i. Stephen, born
August 25, 1699, in Newcastle, mentioned be-
low. 2. Thomas. 3. Ebenezer. 4. Rachel,
married Job Chapman. 5. Abigail, born in
Newcastle, married (first) George Foss,
(second) Nathaniel Drake. 6. James, born
September 25, 1697. The foregoing are not
in the order of their birth.

(III) Stephen Marden, son of James Mar-
den (2), Vvas born at Newcastle. August 25,
1699. He was a cordwainer by trade. His
house was near Charles B. Odiorne's at Little
Harbor and he was the owner of a ferry to
Great Island, now New Castle. He married,

1722, Charity Long. Children, born in Rye,
"New Hampshire: i. Hannah, born March 13.

1723. 2. Benjamin, August 9, 1729, married,
January 31, 1754, Rachel Dowrst. 3. Ruth,
December 8, 1731, married, October 11, 1753,
Levi Tower. 4. Elizabeth, April 12, 1734. 5.
Stephen, September 27, 1736, mentioned be-
low. 6. Abigail, July 23, 1739, married (first)
Daniel Philbrick ; (second) William David-
son.

(IV) Stephen Marden, son of Stephen
]\Iarden (3), was born September 27, 1736;
married, August 28, 1760, Elizabeth Webster.
He settled in Chester, New Hamipshirc, living
on lot No. 14, second division, where Thomas
Fernald lived and where Thomas Lane lived
later. Marden was a petitioner for the settling



off and incorporation of the town of Ray-
mond. He died at New Hampton, where
many Chester people settled. His death was
caused by a falling tree, June 19, 1781. His
widow was taxed in Chester as late as 1785,
but the family all removed from that town.
They had nine children between 1760 and
1 78 1 in Chester. One was born September
29, 1781, after the father's death, and the
widow had a struggle to support her children.
Children : Stephen, mentioned below ; James,
Benjamin, John, torn February 18, 1779,
mentioned below.

(V) Deacon Stephen Marden, son of Ste-
phen Marden (4), was born at Chester, New
Hampshire, September 23, 1771. He removed
to Palermo, Maine, with his brother, John
Marden, in 1793, and took up a tract of land
on what is now called Marden Hill. They
had adjoining farms and their brother Benja-
min had a farm later adjoining theirs. He
married Abigail Black, of Palermo. He was
one of the town wardens in 1804. He was a
prosperous farmer and had the distinction of
owning the first wagon ever in the town of
Palermo. He had twelve children.

(V) John, Marden, son of Stephen Marden
(4), and brother of Deacon Stephen Marden
(5), was born at Chester, New Hampshire,
February 18. 1779. He wrote an account of
the early settlement of the town of Palermo,
which has been published in pamphlet form
with other matter, and from which we quote :

"My mother was left a widow in poor cir-
cumstances, with the care of eight children,
and one added to that number (after her hus-
band's death by accident) on the twenty-ninth
of September following. It being in the time
of the Revolutionary war, she had many hard-
ships to encounter, having but little but her
hands and good economy to support her fam-
ily, yet she tore her trouble with a good de-
gree of christian patience. In the year 1783 a
treaty of peace was signed between the United



Online LibraryWilliam Richard CutterHistoric homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts ; → online text (page 1 of 95)